Officials to finalise preparations for high-level APEC meetings

Monday, 2017-11-06 11:27:53
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Panels welcoming the APEC Economic Leaders' Week in Da Nang city (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The APEC Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM) is taking place in the central city of Da Nang on November 6-7, with the participation of representatives from all of the 21 APEC economies.

The event aims to finalise the preparations for the APEC Ministerial Meeting and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting later this week. It is being chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, who is also APEC 2017 SOM Chair.

Also on November 6, the APEC Voices of the Future forum is scheduled to open at the University of Da Nang, attracting delegations of young students from the member economies, with Vietnam sending 17 delegates to the event.

The participants at the forum will discuss various issues, such as promoting sustainable and innovative growth and integration among the youth in Asia-Pacific; how to create new dynamism and foster a shared future among young people in the region; and business innovation and sustainability – difficulties in start-ups and the digitalisation era in the Asia-Pacific.

Participants will also look into the youth’s contributions to the APEC vision towards 2020 and beyond; economic, financial and social inclusion; human resources development in the digital era; and policies supporting start-ups, innovation and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Since it became an APEC member in November 1998, Vietnam has actively contributed to every aspect of cooperation, from economy and trade to youth-related affairs.