Then Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre), who is now President of Vietnam, and officials pose for a photo at the virtual 27th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 20, 2020 (Photo: VNA)
– President Nguyen Xuan Phuc is to attend a virtual informal
meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders on July 16, which
will once again demonstrate Vietnam’s sense of responsibility towards, along
with its proactiveness and activeness in the APEC cooperation.
to the press ahead of the event, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh
Vu said facing the COVID-19 pandemic’s severe impacts on every socio-economic
aspect, APEC economies have shown their proactiveness, activeness, and
adaptability to this situation.
a leading regional forum on economic connectivity, the members have continued
making commitments and efforts to maintain open markets, promote trade and
investment liberalisation, and support the multilateral trade system.
response to the pandemic, APEC members have coordinated closely via flexible
forms such as meeting via videoconference, opening websites to provide
information about pandemic response and economic recovery, sharing experience
and enhancing cooperation in social security matters, increasing financial
resources for joint programmes on social issues.
have also issued many initiatives and ministerial-level statements relevant to
urgent issues like ensuring uninterrupted flows of essential goods, providing
goods flow supporting services, and promoting vaccine supply chains in the
region, Vu noted.
held that via online activities and efforts to share experience and strengthen
cooperation, APEC has shown its highly practical, responsible, and effective
role in the COVID-19 combat and economic recovery.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu (Photo: VNA)
has been working closely with New Zealand, the host of APEC in 2021, and other
member economies to contribute ideas to the forum’s agendas, he went on.
country is one of the APEC economies taking the lead in calling on more
developed members to voluntarily share technology and ensure swift and fair
access to vaccines at reasonable costs. It has also cooperated with other
members to share experience in guaranteeing social security and creating jobs
for the youth, according to the official.
Asia-Pacific is an important region gathering major economic, trade, and strategic
partners of Vietnam, President Phuc’s participation in the informal APEC
leaders’ meeting on July 16 holds great significance in different aspects, Vu
he elaborated, the theme and main content of this meeting match the priorities
and attention of Vietnam as well as other members, including experiences in the
pandemic response, especially boosting vaccine access, recovering economies,
keeping supply chains uninterrupted, and measures to assist vulnerable groups.
basing on the orientations and solutions issued by President Phuc and other
APEC leaders, Vietnam will transform those commitments into cooperation
programmes and action plans, both multilaterally within APEC and bilaterally with
strategic partners, particularly the partners with large vaccine, financial,
and market resources and potential.
as Vietnam is a dynamically developing economy and has made active
contributions to APEC, as seen in the successful organisation of the APEC
economic leaders’ meeting in 2006 and 2017 and certain successes in the
COVID-19 fight and economic recovery, its President’s attendance at and
contributions to the July 16 meeting will once again demonstrate the country’s
sense of responsibility towards, along with its proactiveness and activeness in
the APEC cooperation, thereby further raising its stature and helping promote
the forum’s role in the global economic governance structure, the Deputy
Foreign Minister added./.