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Vietnam asked to have stronger voice to promote globalisation
The remark was made by Chairman of the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation Tan Khee Giap at a meeting of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council in Singapore on February 13.
APEC, comprising 21 economies, plays a big role in promoting trade and investment and contributing to the common growth and prosperity, as well as poverty reduction in the region, he said, adding that Vietnam has made active contributions to this process.
Sharing the same view, Chairman of the Vietnam National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation Vo Tri Thanh said the role of APEC has not eroded amidst the resurgence of protectionism but has been enhanced in this context. There is an even stronger need for APEC to strengthen integration and connectivity in the region.
Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang said though it is still far from the target of trade liberalisation, the APEC member economies need to continue economic integration and consider this as a top priority.
The realisation of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) should remain a key in APEC’s agenda to boost regional economic integration and help to reach the trade liberalisation target, he said.
He suggested the member economies invest more in education and training to improve labourers’ skills, strongly implement incentives to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises which make up more than 97 percent of the total businesses and 50 percent of the workforce in APEC, and create more favourable conditions for e-commerce.
At the meeting, Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said as the host of APEC activities in 2017, Vietnam worked with other members to discuss issues based on the four pillars of APEC and reached a high consensus.
Regarding the first APEC senior officials’ meeting slated for early March in Nha Trang city, Vietnam thoroughly prepared proposals and incentives to be scrutinised, including the enhancement of regional economic connectivity; the promotion of sustainable, creative and inclusive growth; support to SMEs; and the building of sustainable agriculture in response to climate change.
Vietnam will play a leading role in contributing to APEC through persisting with reform and intensive international integration, he noted.
At least 3 killed as landslide buries houses in central Vietnam
Rescue workers search for victims from the deadly landslide in Nha Trang on Tuesday. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc At least three people were killed in their sleep as a landslide swallowed six houses in the resort town Nha Trang in central Vietnam early on Tuesday morning. Rescuers confirmed that the victims were an elderly woman, a 4-year-old boy and a 17-month-old baby boy. Officials said the six houses in Phuoc Dong Commune on the city outskirts were completely destroyed while several nearby… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Bashir rejects Amnesty 'lies' about Darfur chemical attacks
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Opening of H&M, Zara stores puts pressure on local fashion retailers
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Obama: 'Mosul will be a difficult fight'
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French priest reveals IS child jihadist training
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