Vietnam backs stronger mining collaboration with APEC member countries to realise Bogor goals, said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung at the fifth meeting of APEC ministers responsible for mining that opened in Beijing on June 27.

Vietnam always expects to learn from other regional members and apply the latest green technologies to protect the environment, he said in his speech.

Vietnam has run mining cooperation projects with Russia, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Based on the 2013 Bali Declaration, Vietnam supports and promotes such partnership for win-win outcomes, he added.

Representatives from 20 member economies shared the view that the trade and use of minerals have been crucial to regional socio-economic development, resulting in better infrastructure and narrower wealth gap.

As part of the APEC meeting themed “Shaping the future through Asia-Pacific partnership”, the two-day event will focus its discussion on closer mining cooperation in the region, innovation-driven growth and social responsibility for mutual development.

The previous meetings were held in Australia in 2007 and Russia in 2012.-VNA