Policymakers, business representatives and scholars exchanged views on opportunities Vietnam is expected to grasp at the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting, at a seminar in Hanoi on Oct. 4.

The seminar, themed “APEC 2011 – Vietnam ’s new opportunities”, was organised by Hanoi Foreign Trade University (FTU), the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and Hawaii University of the US .

FTU rector, Prof. Hoang Van Chau said the seminar aimed to provide information regarding major issues at APEC 2011 to businesses, relevant agencies and research and training centres, highlighting opportunities for economic development in regional countries and territories and particularly in Vietnam , Vinh said.

The seminar also helped APEC 2011 coordinating agencies to identify directions for Vietnam , Chau said.

He stressed that participation in APEC – recognised as the most dynamic global economic organisation – has brought many benefits for members, including Vietnam .

The rector used the occasion to underline FTU’s efforts to contribute to the country’s socio-economic development, especially in research and support for policymakers.

Hawaii University ’s President Mary Rita Cooke Greenwood, who is also a member of APEC 2011’s organisation board, said young people are trusted at APEC 2011’s activities, adding that Hawaii University has launched many programmes that involve the participation of students.

Greenwood praised FTU’s initiative in organising the seminar, considering this a practical move to prepare for Vietnam ’s presence in APEC 2011.

Other issues such as fighting crises and inflation, sustainable development, trade promotion and opportunities and challenges to Vietnamese businesses when joining APEC were also discussed at the seminar.

The 2011 APEC Leaders’ Meeting is scheduled for November in Hawaii. /.