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Science-Technology Ministry to host some events at first APEC SOM

Updated at Monday, 20 Feb 2017, 20:49
The Hanoitimes - An array of science and technology events will take place during the first Senior Officials’ Meeting of APEC (SOM-1) in Nha Trang city, in the south central province of Khanh Hoa, on February 18-21.
A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Quoc Khanh will participate in the aforesaid meetings.
The science and technology events include the ninth APEC Policy Partnership on Science Technology and Innovation Meeting (PPSTI-9), the first APEC Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC-1), and the 44th APEC Intellectual Property Expert Group (IPEG-44).
During the PPSTI-9, Vietnam moves to present its new proposals on developing innovative business ecosystem and update an underway project on prompting trade and investment cooperation for scientific research products, and technology in some priority sectors in foreign markets through 2020, as well as deliver information relating to the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE).

At the framework of SCSC-1, delegates will seek to boost regional trade facilitation and digital economy, while emphasising Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) focused on the development of national quality infrastructure and priorities such as food safety, environmental protection, and smart city development.
Besides, participants will also discuss technical measures to support micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises to join the global supply chain.
As Chair of the SCSC 2017, Vietnam proactively mentions an initiative on GRP to share the country’s experience in building smart urban areas in the region.
The IPEG-44 will focus on the key contents to increase dialogues on intellectual property policies, improve the efficiency of the IP protection system, and implement effectively the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and Collective Action Plan (CAP) to achieve the Bogor targets of trade and investment liberalisation by 2020.
As scheduled, Vietnamese delegates will make two speeches at the event, focusing on procedures to solve international registration of trademark under the Madrid system, and the innovation activities in the country, as well as have bilateral meetings with partners from other APEC member economies to exchange future IP collaboration on the sideslines of the event.
Translated by Thu Minh
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