Famers of a clean veg​etable production cooperative (Photo: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA) will host the 10th Asia-Pacific Ministers’ Conference scheduled on April 18-21 next year in Hanoi.

The VCA said that the conference is a significant event to boost cooperation between Governments and the cooperative sector in the context of deep regional and global integration.

Earlier, leaders of regional cooperatives gathered at consultation conferences, discussing the five main issues, namely food sovereignty and security, new approach to cooperatives, the informal economy and transitions to formality, regional and global participation of cooperatives, and a fair environment in terms of legal framework and policies.

The conferences adopted 16 conclusions and nine recommendations, to be submitted to the ministers’ meeting.

According to the VCA, the overriding priorities were placed on youths’ involvement in cooperatives, access to food and socio-economic services, green economy and public-private partnership.

The previous Asia-Pacific Ministers’ Conference was hosted by Thailand on February 27-29 in 2012.-VNA