Quang Nam (VNA) – The health authority in the central province of Quang Nam has played an active role in ensuring food safety and environmental sanitation, and preventing disease outbreaks ahead of a series of APEC events held in the province from October 18 to November 11.

Quang Nam will host the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings, the APEC Voices of the Future 2017, the Days of the Republic of Korea in Quang Nam and the launch of the “super project” Blue Whale Gas Field.

Since the beginning of October, the provincial Health Department has held operations to clean up the environment.

It also directed inspection of state management on food safety in local districts, townships and cities where the major events will take place. Samples of water used in foods and drinks served in the events have been tested while hotels and restaurants have been guided to follow strict safety standards.

The department will continue intensifying inspections from communal to provincial levels to minimise any risks associated with food hygiene during the APEC activities, said Deputy Director of the department Nguyen Van Van.

The local 115 Emergency Centre has set up two teams watching out for any emergency in the province.

About 300 international and domestic delegates, including financial ministers, leaders of financial agencies and central banks from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation economies, will gather for the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings from October 19-21 in Quang Nam.

Established in 1989, APEC comprises 21 economies, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, 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.-VNA