Khanh Hoa (VNA) – More than 170domestic and international reporters have registered to report news at thefirst Senior Officials’ Meeting of APEC (SOM 1) and related meetings scheduled forFebruary 18-March 3 in Nha Trang city in the south central province of KhanhHoa.
The APEC National Secretariat and the Ministryof Foreign Affairs announced the information on February 17, saying theprovince has set up a press centre in Nha Trang city to serve reporters.
Over 1,700 delegates are expected to engage inSOM 1, which includes 56 meetings, workshops, and dialogues of 38 committeesand working groups in various fields such as trade and investment liberalisation,business facilitation, climate change adaptation, human resources development,education, fisheries, e-commerce, and services.
Deputy head of the APEC National SecretariatNguyen Minh Vu said the event aims to seek solutions to boost economic growthfor the 21 member economies and deepen their economic connectivity.
Delegates will also discuss priorities for APECcooperation in 2017 and outline orientations for APEC activities.
Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, who isalso Chair of SOM APEC 2017, will preside over the first senior officials’meeting and the meeting of Chairman’s Friends Meeting on connectivity.
Vietnam joined APEC in 1998, and hosted APEC in2006, which laid a foundation for Asia-Pacific free trade areas.
Established in 1989, APEC now comprises 21economies, namely Australia; Brunei; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China;Indonesia; Japan; the Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; PapuaNew Guinea; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand;the United States; and Vietnam.-VNA
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