Overview of the press conference (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) will hold a series of activities during the Year of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2017 hosted by Vietnam, heard a press conference in Hanoi on January 12.

They include the APEC start-up forum slated for September in Ho Chi Minh City, events on the sidelines of the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting and the fourth meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in Da Nang from November 4-7, the APEC Business Summit with Vietnam in Da Nang on November 8, the APEC CEO Summit in Da Nang on November 8-10, and a dialogue between leaders of APEC economies and ABAC members.

With more than 20 major activities and 159 APEC meetings to be held in eight cities and provinces, the Vietnamese businesses will have chances to seek foreign partners, deeply join the global manufacturing chain and introduce products to key partners and the world’s leading corporations.

Permanent deputy head of the APEC Vietnam Secretariat Nguyen Minh Vu said the APEC Vietnam Year 2017 is a diplomatic of Vietnam’s external activities until 2025, making it easier to popularise domestic businesses, localities and people to friends in the region and the world.

Within the framework of the APEC 2017, the VCCI-hosted events will enable APEC leaders to share global business trends and their insight into APEC member states’ business climate.

The VCCI will also instruct localities to outline sets of papers to attract investment during the APEC Business Summit with Vietnam which is expected to be held annually in the country from next year.

In order to promote Vietnamese businesses’ involvement in APEC Year 2017, Vu suggested them attend the APEC Business Summit, the ABAC dialogue with leaders, and a summit on Vietnamese economy, thereby tapping maximum support from APEC’s support programme, including the APEC business travel card, the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalise Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises between now and 2020, a business training programme in specific fields, especially safety in exports.-VNA