Vietnam actively joined in promoting a host of issues mutually concerned by many participants at the freshly-ended 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Beijing, China, said Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.

The country’s proposal emphasising the need to maintain peace and stability for economic recovery, cooperation and development was applauded, Son said.

Other ideas tabled relating to linking economic reform, growth and connectivity with sustainable development, Post-2015 Development Agenda as well as responses to global challenges, like food safety, water resource security, natural disaster, search and rescue, were acknowledged.

The country highlighted win-win cooperation, asking for the consideration of various developmental levels and support for capacity building, especially in economics and trade, said Son.

It made suggestions on strengthening education and training cooperation, public-private partnership and affiliation in science-technology application among APEC economies and promoting sub-regional links.

Vietnam also underscored cooperation potentials and development priorities of ASEAN and Vietnam as well as the role that ASEAN plays in initiating ideas and promoting connectivity and links among APEC and in the Asia-Pacific region.

Many member economies and businesses pledged to continue supporting Vietnam in implementing its priorities in economic reform and global integration focusing on infrastructure development, capital, technology and capacity upgrade, said the Deputy Foreign Minister.

He also mentioned important agreements that Vietnam reached during President Truong Tan Sang’s bilateral meetings with APEC leaders on the sidelines of the summit, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the Presidents of Indonesia, the US, the Philippines, Chile, Peru, Russia, the Republic of Korea, Brunei, Japan, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand.

APEC economies hailed Vietnam ’s effective international integration in all fields as contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability and the promotion of dialogue and regional connectivity.

They affirmed to continue working closely and share experience with Vietnam when the country works as a coordinator between ASEAN and APEC in 2015 and hosts the APEC Vietnam Year in 2017.

This year’s APEC summit marked 25 years of formation and development of the forum and 20 years of realising the Bogor Goals on trade and investment liberisation and facilitation, said Son.

It took place in a context when economic recovery was unsustainable and slower than forecast, Doha negotiation was sluggish, while peace and stability in many regions faced obstacles, and global challenges became fiercer, he said.

The event passed two declarations and four other documents detailing major orientations for connectivity, and the establishment of a number of cooperation mechanisms.

A master plan on APEC Connectivity for 2015-2025 was ratified, specifying measures to foster overall connections with long-term visions, especially in infrastructure connections, fueling the formation of a huge single market and space for regional growth.

The participants agreed on a blueprint on APEC contributions to the creation of an Asia-Pacific free trade area, and an agreement on innovative development, Economic Reform and Growth.

Representing about 40 percent of the world population and contributing 55 percent to global GDP and 44 percent to world trade, APEC is bringing practical interest to member economies as well as regional residents, Son emphasised.

The summit continued affirming the organisation’s significant role and it potential in forging partnership for the Asia-Pacific region of peace, stability, connectivity and prosperity, Son stressed.-VNA