A host of Vietnamese people’s organisations met in Hanoi on August 29 to discuss preparations for the 2014 ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) scheduled to take place in Yangon city, Myanmar from March 21-23 next year.

Participants agreed to elect Vietnamese representatives to the forum’s four sub-committees working in management, document drafting, agenda, and media and information.

Earlier, delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar alongside 15 regional organisations agreed to set August 31 as a deadline to receive a list of members to the APF’s sub-committees at their first preparatory meeting for the event early this month in Mynamar.

They were also unanimous on the event’s timing, venue and delegates.

The second meeting of this kind, scheduled for October 20-21 will come to a decision on the number of workshops and their topics, high-level meetings, as well as the function, mission, working mechanism and regulation of sub-committees, among others.

Themed “Advancing ASEAN Peoples’ solidarity towards sustainable peace, development, justice and democratisation”, the APF will focus discussions on peace, fairness, human rights, development and democratisation.

The forum will also come up with exhibitions, a souvenir fair and a regional culinary festival.

The 2014 APF, with 1,000-1,200 delegates expected taking part is to raise diverse voices at regional and national levels to promote the involvement of ASEAN people for peace, security, socio-economic fairness, environment and climate to all, including migrant workers and stateless people.-VNA