| Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son announcing the outcomes of APEC 2017 Economic Leaders’ Week at the press conference in Hanoi.
Those in attendance included representatives from the APEC 2017 National Committee, the Subcommittees of the National Committee, and the APEC 2017 National Secretariat, along with representatives from nearly 70 foreign representative offices and international organisations.
In his remarks, Son hailed the ouststanding results of the recent APEC Economic Leaders’ Week 2017, stating that the event in Da Nang city was among the few APEC high-level weeks that attracted a large crowd of participants, with more than 11,000 attendees, including 4,500 officials, more than 4,000 business representatives, and nearly 3,000 reporters from APEC member economies. Every leader of the 21 APEC member economies was also in attendance.
It was the first time Vietnam had hosted a high-level activity on a regional scale in a city outside the capital, he noted.
On the theme of “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future,” the eight joint documents adopted during the Week, especially the Da Nang Declaration and the APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Ministerial Statement, have reflected APEC members’ strong commitments towards the forum’s core goals and values, which promote trade and investment liberalization and multilateral trading system.
The reached documents not only help to build on APEC’s existing achievements concerning human resource development, growth, structural reforms, and the facilitation of small and medium-sized enterprises to join the global market, continuing to bring benefits to the APEC people and businesses, but also create new and important foundations for APEC’s cooperation process in the time ahead, Son said.
He showed his sincere thanks for the support and close coordination from APEC member economies, as well as for the practical assistance offered by representative offices of APEC member economies and international organisations in Hanoi during Vietnam’s preparations for APEC Economic Leaders Week, contributing to the attainment of the aforementioned outcomes.
Representatives from foreign diplomatic missions and international organisations glowingly spoke of the significant outcomes of the APEC 2017 Economic Leaders Week and the APEC Year 2017, as well as Vietnam's coordinating role in achieving the above-mentioned results, in the context that 2017 is the most challenging year for APEC cooperation and multilateralism as a whole.
They also pledged to continue to work hand in hand with Vietnam and other APEC member economies in realizing the outcomes of the Vietnam APEC Year 2017.