VCA Chairman Vo Kim Cu speaks at the press briefing (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Strengthening the cooperation between Governments and the cooperative sector was the theme of the July 19 press briefing on the 10th Asia-Pacific Ministers’ Conference that will take place next year in Hanoi.

The event was co-chaired by Chairman of the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA) Vo Kim Cu and Balasubramania Iyer Director-General of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) - Asia-Pacific Region.

According to Balasubramania Iyer, the 10th Asia-Pacific Ministers’ Conference is scheduled for Aprill 18-21, 2017.

The conference is expected to release a joint vision on economic cooperation and cooperatives by 2020 with the participation of over 400 delegates from between 60-70 countries and territories, and international organisations, he said.

Participants will focus their discussion on youths’ involvement in cooperatives, access to food and socio-economic services, the green economy and public-private partnerships, according to Balasubramania.

Meanwhile, VCA Chairman Vo Kim Cu highlighted the significance of the upcoming conference to the ICA members in the context of extensive regional and global integration.

The occasion also presents opportunities for Vietnam to advertise the beauty of the people and landscapes of Vietnam while strengthening the friendship with international nations and contributing to the sustainable development of cooperatives and economic cooperation.

On the occasion, Vo Kim Cu and Balasubramania Iyer signed an agreement on the agenda of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Ministers’ Conference.-VNA