Hanoi (VNA) – The organising committee for the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN) convened its fourth meeting in Hanoi on August 6 to review the preparation for the event scheduled for September 11-13.

Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, head of the committee, said the forum is one of the country’s important external activities in 2018.

So far, leaders of most ASEAN countries and extra-bloc nations as well as representatives from major international organisations and global leading groups have affirmed to participate in the event, he revealed.

He urged the sub-committees to double efforts to complete the preparation of the forum in August to ensure its comprehensive success.

The official asked members of the organising committee, including representatives from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Quang Ninh, to obtain this opportunity to promote their localities’ development potential in the fields of its strength while proactively boosting cooperation with countries and leading groups in the world to expand markets and draw investment.

The WEF ASEAN 2018 focuses on the theme “ASEAN 4.0: Entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” 

The event will address strategic issues of national and regional significance under three thematic pillars – Entrepreneurship to craft new approaches to regional and global governance; Entrepreneurship to drive economic and business dynamism; and Entrepreneurship to shape social inclusion. It is expected to draw 800 – 1,000 delegates.

The forum will covers 60 sessions, including sideline activities such as a forum on innovative start-up, a festival on Vietnamese culture, a business summit, and a fact-finding tour to Ha Long Bay in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh.-VNA