APEC SOM 3 to host most events


Update: August, 12/2017 – 09:59

As many as 2,600 delegates will make it to the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM 3) expected to open in HCM City next Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Khang

HÀ NỘI — As many as 2,600 delegates will make it to the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM 3) expected to open in HCM City next Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has announced.

Slated for August 18-30, SOM 3 will accommodate 75 meetings, seminars, and dialogues by four committees and 38 working groups of the Asian-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC).

“The figure shows how important the SOM 3 is as it surpasses the number of meetings in the first two previous SOM, which were 59 and 50 respectively,” Nguyễn Bích Thủy from the APEC 2017 Secretariat told the press briefing in Hà Nội on Friday.

“More than 1,700 international and over 500 national participants from APEC member economies have so far registered to attend the SOM 3, excluding those scheduled for a food security and climate change week in the Mekong Delta City of Cần Thơ,” Thủy added.

The APEC 2017 Secretariat highlighted three key activities including the High-level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change in Cần Thơ from August 18 to 25.

Another significant event will be the seminar on Promoting Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion in HCM City on August 28.

The seminar for inclusive growth is a highlighted initiative of Việt Nam and expected to promote agenda for the APEC Year 2017. APEC 2017 SOM Chair is expected to chair the event.

The Ministry of Health will chair seven meetings on health-related issues during which relevant strategies and policies in the APEC region as well as action plans for special working groups will be discussed, said deputy director of the ministry’s International Co-operation Department Nguyễn Mạnh Cường.

Accordingly, Health Minister Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến will preside over the seventh High-Level Meeting on Health and Economy slated for August 23-28 – another key event.

Cường said the event is expected to help promote Việt Nam’s initiative in inclusive economic, financial and social development through the building of a sustainable financial system in public health care and a roadmap that provides all people with health services.

The meeting is projected to issue a joint declaration and recommendations which will be sent to the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November 2017 in the central city of Đà Nẵng.

Within the framework of SOM 3, Minister Tiến is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas E. Price and Japanese Senator Keizo Takemin, and meet with representatives of APEC partners and relevant organisations, Cường said. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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