Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son, APEC 2017 SOM Chair speaks at the press conference (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The APEC 2017 National Committee on November 2 issued a press release on the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week 2017 in the central city of Da Nang.

Accordingly, the Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Week 2017, themed “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future” will be organised in Da Nang from November 6-11.

President Tran Dai Quang will preside over and attend main activities of the Week, including the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with APEC Economic Leaders and the APEC – ASEAN Informal Dialogue; an official welcome ceremony for the APEC Economic Leaders and their spouses, and the Gala Dinner and Cultural Performance on November 10.

He will chair the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Retreat on November 11 and deliver an opening speech at the APEC CEO Summit slated for November 8-10.

President Tran Dai Quang’s spouse, Nguyen Thi Hien, will host the APEC Leaders’ Spouse Programme on November 11 in Da Nang and Hoi An city of neighbouring Quang Nam province.

The Vietnam Business Summit will be held on November 7 with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to attend and deliver a keynote speech.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh will co-chair the 29th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) on November 8 while Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, who is also APEC 2017 SOM Chair, will preside over the APEC Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting (CSOM) on November 6-7.

The ABAC will convene a meeting from November 4-6 and the APEC Voices of The Future will take place from November 6-10.

Established in 1989, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum comprises 21 economies, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.

APEC represents about 39 percent of the world’s population and contributes 57 percent to global GDP and 49 percent of international trade.-VNA