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APEC 2017: Vietnam’s new vision and stature

Updated at Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:50
The Hanoitimes - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh emphasized that the APEC Year 2017 is a significant opportunity to highlight the spirit and intellectual capacity of Vietnam’s foreign affairs, particularly the multi-lateral diplomacy. Moreover, hosting APEC events demonstrates the strategic diplomatic vision and growing stature of Vietnam.
In a recent article published by muliple local media outlets, Minh, also Chairman of the APEC 2017 National Committee, wrote that APEC Year 2017 is a critical opportunity for Vietnam to affirm its diplomatic wisdom, especially in multilateral external activities amidst strong efforts to integrate internationally.

APEC Vietnam 2017’s theme “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering A Shared Future” has been praised by APEC members and partners. Based on APEC cooperation outcomes in past years, Vietnam put forth four priorities: promoting sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth; deepening regional economic integration; strengthening micro, small and medium enterprises’ competitiveness and innovation in the digital age; and enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change.
​The logo of APEC Vietnam 2017
​The logo of APEC Vietnam 2017

The theme, priorities and cooperation directions in APEC Year 2017 illustrate the vision of the country’s diplomacy, he noted, saying that firstly, Vietnam wants a peaceful and stable Asia-Pacific with dynamic development which continues driving growth and economic connectivity in the region and the world.

Secondly, APEC activities this year must create driving forces for growth and raise regional economic connectivity. They must prove that APEC is a forum for people and businesses. It is also urgent to attain the Bogor Goals, maintain connectivity within frameworks like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and work to form a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific.

Thirdly, APEC this year is expected to continue in its role as the initiator, guide and coordinator of economic connectivity, helping build a sustainable, transparent and adaptable regional structure that ensures the harmony of multi-level mechanisms.

Lastly, after 28 years of development, it’s time to shape APEC’s post-2020 vision, which needs to clarify targets, long-term orientations and cooperation pillars in the next 10-15 years. It is necessary to bring into play the spirit of equal, win-win, voluntary and non-binding cooperation so as to ensure the forum’s dynamism and attractiveness in a region with diverse history, culture and development levels, the Deputy PM added. He expressed his belief that APEC Vietnam 2017 will create new driving forces for the forum. It is also a chance for the country to help shape the future of APEC and the region’s economic structure.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

Minh wrote that to Vietnam, APEC is one of the important multilateral forums that brings about substantive benefits. It gathers 13 of the country’s 25 strategic and comprehensive partners, along with many leading economic and trade partners of the country. Therefore, APEC Year 2017 is a focus of Vietnam and also the country’s most significant contribution to the forum. Activities this year will allow Vietnam to boost the stable and sustainable development of the partnerships it has set up, particularly with key APEC members, he noted.

Additionally, accelerating the realisation of the Bogor Goals and APEC’s strategies and action plans, along with Vietnam’s efforts to fulfill commitments in free trade agreements, will help promote reforms, economic restructuring and the shifting of the growth model in the country while improving the local business and investment climate.

Meanwhile, about 200 activities of APEC in 2017 will generate cooperation, business and tourism opportunities, Minh wrote, saying that the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang city alone is set to be attended by 10,000 delegates and entrepreneurs as well as big media groups from around the world. Deputy PM Minh voiced his belief that with Vietnam’s efforts and other member economies’ and partners’ support, APEC Vietnam 2017 will be successful, contributing to the country’s development and affirming its vision and new stature.

APEC Host illustrates the dynamic, leading and responsible role of this prominent economic cooperation mechanism in the Asia – Pacific region. APEC Vietnam 2017 has been sailing only half way. However, looking into what have been achieved, all friends and partners from APEC members and non-members appreciate and highly value the thoughtful, professional organization as well as the active, constructive initiatives of Vietnam in promoting cooperation and connectivity in APEC.

The APEC Year 2017 is a significant opportunity to highlight the spirit and intellectual capacity of Vietnam’s foreign affairs, particularly the multi-lateral diplomacy while the country has been actively accelerating comprehensive integration. The succesful host of APEC Year 2006 and the increasingly higher international position from excellently completing the missions in may organizations and fora in the recent years have brought Vietnam into APEC Year 2017 with a new manner.
Translated by Anh Kiet
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