A street of Da Nang city. (Source: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – More than 60 photos on activities within the APEC Year 2017 are being displayed  at the Da Nang Museum in the central city of Da Nang, which hosted the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week from November 6-11.

The photos capture major APEC events in the year such as APEC Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOMs), the APEC Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM), the Vietnam Business Summit, the APEC CEO Summit, the 29th APEC Ministerial Meeting, welcome ceremonies for APEC leaders and other sidelines activities.

Director of the Da Nang Museum Huynh Dinh Quoc Thien said the exhibition reflects the common interest of APEC member economies in seeking new momentums for regional integration, linkage and economic growth and in fostering a shared future of peace, stability, development and prosperity.

It also contributes to affirming the prestige and position of Vietnam in general and Da Nang city in particular in regional and international arenas, especially Asia-Pacific, he added.

The event, co-organised by the Da Nang city Department of Culture and Sports and the Da Nang Union of Literature and Arts Associations, runs from February 1-5.

This was the second time Vietnam had hosted the APEC Year, with the peak being the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang city.

Hosting the APEC Year 2017, Vietnam was the first country to welcome Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping right after the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, and US President Donald Trump in his first year of office. 

On the occasion, the country established comprehensive partnership with Canada, held nearly 50 meetings and exchanges with leaders of APEC member economies to continue upgrading bilateral ties. 

Foreign friends praised outstanding activities during the APEC Year 2017 hosted by 10 cities and provinces nationwide, which afforded them a chance to learn about local culture, people and specialties in the country. 

As many as 20 documents were adopted during the year, eight of them were approved during the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week.

In particular, the Da Nang Declaration on promoting free and open trade and investment and supporting multilateral trade reaffirmed APEC’s key role as growth dynamism that initiates economic connectivity initiatives and a leading economic cooperation mechanism in the region, according to Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, who is also Deputy Chairman of the APEC National Committee 2017 and Chairman of the APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting 2017.

During the event, Vietnam held a dialogue between APEC leaders and ASEAN for the first time, thereby facilitating collaboration between the two mechanisms to create a new driving force for regional growth and connectivity. Vietnam was also the first host country to be invited by G-20 to join all activities during the year. -VNA