A corner of Ho Chi Minh City, the venue of the APEC-2017 third Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM3) (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM 3), slated for August 18-30 in Ho Chi Minh City, will continue accelerating the implementation of cooperation contents of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), said the Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang. 

At a regular press conference in Hanoi on August 20, the spokesperson said SOM 3 will also work on priorities approved at SOM 1 and SOM 2 while setting forth the content and programme of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week scheduled in the central city of Da Nang in November this year.

There will be 75 meetings of four committees, 38 working groups and sub-groups during the 13-day event, she said.

The first Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM-1) took place in the central coastal city of Nha Trang from February 18-March 3.

The event attracted more than 1,900 delegates from 21 member economies, representatives from the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, the APEC Business Advisory Council, regional and global organisations, and businesses.

It was the first plenary meeting of APEC in 2017 with nearly 60 sessions, seminars and dialogues of 38 APEC committees and working groups.

Meanwhile, SOM 2 was held in Hanoi from May 9-18 with nearly 50 meetings and workshops.

The event drew about 2,300 delegates from 21 member economies, the business community, scholars as well as representatives from international organisations and ministries and sectors of host Vietnam. -VNA