Delegates at the

 APEC Public-Private dialogue on facilitating infrastructure investment to enhance food security.(Source: moit.gov.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The APEC Public-Private dialogue on facilitating infrastructure investment to enhance food security opened in Hanoi on April 21 by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Nguyen Cam Tu said the event aimed at addressing difficulties and challenges in facilitating infrastructure investment to enhance food security, while creating cooperative opportunities in the field among home and foreign state bodies, organisations and individuals.

Hhe added agriculture and food security have been discussed for selecting as Vietnam’s priorities when the country chairs APEC in 2017 as Vietnam has considered the topic as a significant issue which has an important impact to the mutual prosperity among people in the Asia-Pacific region.

A representative from the United Nations (UN) shared that the world’s population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050, hence agriculture production will need to increase about 70 percent to meet human demand.

The official stressed that food security is an essential task, particularly in the context of increasingly complicated and unpredictable conflicts and political instability, diseases and water pollution worldwide. Though cooperation in these fields is more and more becoming a pressing issue for several regional and international organisations and forums.

Delegates at the event praised the joint efforts between the MOTI, members of APEC and relevant bodies in implementing the APEC Food Security Roadmap towards 2020 and their contributions for cooperative activities in food security.

Several practical initiatives and policies to support and create the right conditions for ensuring regional food security were also discussed at the event.-VNA