Deputy FM highlights responsible Vietnamese contributions to APEC

VOV.VN - Vietnam's initiatives and suggestions have been reflected in APEC’s documents, indicating the country’s responsible and active contributions to building and consolidating solidarity within APEC for a peaceful and stable Asia-Pacific region.

Deputy Minister Giang made these points whilst talking to the media regarding the outcomes of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week. During this period, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) via videoconference on November 12 under the chair of Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand – APEC Chair 2021, and several other events.

President Phuc and the Vietnamese delegation were active participants in the main activities of the week, delivering a consistent message which affirmed that APEC continues to serve as a regional forum with a significant voice and role in promoting multilateralism and multilateral co-operation. This is necessary to overcome issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic whilst achieving rapid and sustainable economic growth, therefore continuing to be a driving force of regional and global economies, he said.

According to the President, the nation’s messages are very much in line with APEC leaders’ opinions, including facilitating fair access to vaccines, medical supplies, and resources, as well as adopting stronger measures aimed at combatting the pandemic.

With regard to development, the country put forward the suggestion that APEC take a new vision and approach in a bid to promote economic recovery, such as focusing on the digital economy and e-commerce whilst advocating trade liberalization. This is in addition to removing trade barriers to restore production and trade, thereby preventing disruption occurring in manufacturing chains.

With the Asia-Pacific region and the wider world suffering the consequences and challenges caused by climate change, the requirement moving forward is to ensure green growth. Therefore, measures and suggestions proposed by the country, along with its delivery on commitments, also contributed to strengthening APEC’s co-operation in promoting green and inclusive growth, the local diplomat added.

He emphasised that the most important thing is to effectively implement the APEC Vision ahead to 2040. Indeed, the nation was one of the key participants in building the vision, as well as being one of the leading members in realising the vision via building an action plan.

Deputy Minister Giang expressed his confidence that the commitments made by both Vietnam and APEC to realising the vision will therefore contribute to building an Asia-Pacific region of peace, stability, and prosperity.