Message by the State President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
16:25 | 01/12/2016
VGP - The following is the message of State President Tran Dai Quang as Viet Nam will host APEC in 2017.

Hosting APEC 2017 is a top priority in Viet Nam’s foreign policy agenda, reflecting an aspiration to make active contribution to an ever thriving Asia-Pacific region. After more than 30 years of reform and extensive regional and international integration, Viet Nam today is a highly open and dynamic economy, projected to become one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world.

All preparations have been made to make 2017 another successful year of APEC. Viet Nam wishes to welcome all member economies to participate in APEC 2017 activities, held all over the member economies.

APEC member economies are at a crucial moment in a rapidly changing world and a transforming Asia-Pacific. Unprecedented opportunities and challenges are lying ahead. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change have created important foundations for sustainable, inclusive and equitable development for humankind. Yet, the confluence of prolonged economic stagnation, new waves of protectionism, terrorism, regional conflicts and climate change along with others, ever more complex and interrelated non-traditional security challenges are exerting far-reaching impacts on each and every economy, business and individual across the world.

More than ever, APEC must continue to uphold its leading and pioneering role in creating new drivers to build the Asia-Pacific into a region of peace, stability and dynamic, integrated and sustainable development. Viet Nam therefore proposes “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future”  as the overarching theme for APEC 2017.

Accordingly, APEC economies should seek and create new dynamism in order to:

- Accelerate the accomplishment of the Bogor Goals on trade and investment liberalization by 2020 according to its roadmap;

- Deepen regional integration through efforts to revitalize economic, trade and investment ties; promote connectivity in all the three domains – infrastructure, institution and people; promote global value chains connectivity; enhance sub-regional and remote area connectivity; promote sustainable tourism, expand cultural, youth and student exchanges.

- Further sustainable, inclusive and equitable growth; accelerate structural reforms; raise productivity and develop high-quality human resources. In this regard, it is essential to better tap into the opportunities offered by the digital revolution.

- Improve the competitiveness and innovation of enterprises, especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the digital economy and the internet; unleash the great potentials of the public-private partnership and businesses, especially women-led enterprises and young entrepreneurs.

- Increase the resilience and inclusiveness of APEC economies, particularly in promoting the development of education, employment, healthcare, gender quality, sustainable rural and agricultural development to adapt to climate change, to ensure food, energy and resources security, especially water resources.

The 21st century is expected to be the century of Asia-Pacific, home to the world’s most dynamic economies. Throughout its 27 years of establishment and development, the APEC Forum has proven to be an ever more responsive and effective mechanism,  making important contributions to regional prosperity. And now is the time for APEC to reaffirm its role as an idea incubator and a driver for regional growth and connectivity

APEC member economies should continue to discuss the future vision and direction for APEC after 2020; that is, working together towards an “Asia-Pacific partnership for sustainable and inclusive development in the 21st century”. 

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