Scene at the press conference (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– APEC business conferences and forums will be in full swing in September and November, said Vu Tien Loc, Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) at a press conference in Hanoi on March 21.

He revealed the information while updating the conference on preparations for the APEC CEO Summit and business activities chaired by his agency within the framework of the APEC Vietnam Year 2017.

Accordingly, there will be six functions taking place in the two months.

The series begins with a start-up forum in Ho Chi Minh City on September 13, on the sidelines of the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting, as well as an APEC female business forum in Thua Thien – Hue in the same month.

Loc said Google and Facebook have committed to taking part in and assisting the organisation of the two forums.

Other events are scheduled to run in Da Nang in November. They are the fourth meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) between November 4 and 7, the APEC CEO Summit between November 8 and 10, a Vietnam trade and investment promotion forum on November 8, and a dialogue between the ABAC and leaders of member economies on November 10.

At the press conference, Hoang Van Dung, Chairman of the ABAC 2017, briefed initial outcomes of the group’s first meeting, which was held in Thailand from February 19 to 23.

According to Dung, at the meeting aligning with the APEC Year 2017 theme of “Creating a new driving force for a common future”, participants discussed regional economic integration, regional connectivity, sustainable growth, and assistance for micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises.

The ABAC also sent recommendations to APEC leaders and held a dialogue with senior officials from 20 member economies on these topics, which was considered the most effective with the highest number of participating APEC member economies to date.

The council will organise further research activities and meetings to send more reports and recommendations to different APEC bodies and leaders till year’s end.

ABAC was set up in 1995, working on reports and recommendations to be sent to APEC leaders in an effort to create a favourable and transparent business and investment environment for the region’s business community.-VNA