The organising committee of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum meets for the third time to look into preparations for the event. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The head of the organising committee of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) urged agencies concerned to speed up their preparations for the event as it will take place in Hanoi in January, 2018.

Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong, who headed the organising committee, chaired the third meeting on December 15 to look into the preparations of the APPF-26.

Officials from all subcommittees in Content, Information and Communications, Reception and Logistics, and Health and Security alongside APPF-26 and APEC 2017 secretariats provided updates of their efforts.

Phong said the APPF-26 takes place following the success of the APEC Leaders’ Week 2017 in Da Nang and it will be an event for lawmakers across the Asia-Pacific to show support for the Da Nang Declaration.

She urged the subcommittees to place as much focus as they can on preparing for the APPF-26, particularly communication and promotion campaigns for the meeting to boost the country’s images.

Phong asked them to promptly review and get final works done as well as ensure security for the successful hosting of the event.

The APPF was founded by former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone on March 15, 1993. Bringing together parliamentarians from across the Asia-Pacific region, the forum aims to directly assist the APEC, contributing to peace, stability and prosperity in the region. 

The APPF is a mechanism that enables parliamentarians to discuss issues of common concern, and to deepen their understanding of the region and the interests and experience of its diverse members. The forum’s proceedings address political, security, economic, social and cultural issues, thus furthering regional cooperation and building relations between and among parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region.

Vietnam hosted of the 13th APPF in Ha Long city in January 2005.

The 26th edition of the APPF returns to Hanoi from January 18-20, 2018 under the theme “Parliamentary partnership: Peace, Innovation and Sustainable Development”.-VNA