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Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Public Security’s General Department of Logistics-Engineering held a ceremony in Hanoi on February 9 to launch tasks to prepare for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Year 2017.

Speaking at the event, Director of the department Le Van Minh underscored the importance of logistics and technical capability to the safety of the APEC Year, thereby improving Vietnam’s global stature.

Minh asked relevant units to work with public security forces and localities to ensure security and safety of APEC activities, firstly the first Senior Officials’ Meeting in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, and report on equipment provision to the ministry’s leaders.

A highlight of APEC Year 2017 is a High-level Week to be held in the central city of Da Nang with leaders of APEC member economies and nearly 10,000 delegates, businesses and reporters attending.

About 200 activities, including 13 ministerial-level conferences will be held across Vietnamese cities and provinces as part of the year.

Vietnam joined APEC in 1998, and hosted APEC 14 in 2006, which laid a foundation for Asia-Pacific free trade areas.

Established in 1989, APEC now comprises 21 economies, including Australia; Brunei; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; the Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States; and Vietnam.-VNA