UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet

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FILE - People wear protective masks during a polluted day in Shanghai, China, Jan. 19, 2016.

FILE – People wear protective masks during a polluted day in Shanghai, China, Jan. 19, 2016.

Asia-Pacific — home to more than half the world’s population and some of its fastest-growing economies — is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N. environment chief said.

An estimated 12 million people die prematurely each year because of unhealthy environments, 7 million of them due to air pollution alone, making pollution “the biggest killer of humanity,” Erik Solheim told the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment in Bangkok this week. Continue reading “UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet”

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APEC discusses experiences in simplifying business registration

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Update: August, 24/2017 – 17:35

Participants exchange information before the workshop. — VNS Photo Thu Ngan

HCM CITY – APEC members shared their experiences in assisting companies, especially micro, small and medium-sized ones, smoothly register for doing business at a workshop titled “Simplified business registration and incorporation according to international best practices” held in HCM City on Thursday.

Hosted by the US, the workshop attracted around 100 participants and experts from 21 APEC economies. Continue reading “APEC discusses experiences in simplifying business registration”

Experts urge use of agricultural biotechnology as response to climate change

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Update: August, 19/2017 – 20:20

Delegates meet at an APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology workshop in Cần Thơ on August 18-19. – VNS Photo Thế Anh

CẦN THƠ — Agricultural biotechnology is one of the key tools that can improve the yield and quality of agricultural products in a time of climate change, experts said.

The experts were attending an APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) workshop in Cần Thơ on August 18-19.

Nguyễn Thị Thanh Thủy, chair of the HLPDAB, and director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment, said that Việt Nam, like many other economies, was facing multiple challenges due to climate change, including shrinking agricultural area and land degradation caused by urbanisation and saline intrusion caused by rising sea levels. Continue reading “Experts urge use of agricultural biotechnology as response to climate change”

APEC law-enforcement agencies vow to strengthen corruption fight

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Update: August, 19/2017 – 19:00

Delegates from 21 APEC-member economies at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies in HCM City on Saturday. VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Anti-corruption authorities and law enforcement agencies from 21 APEC member economies vowed to strengthen measures to fight money laundering and bribery at a workshop held on Aug 19 during the APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) in HCM City.

The 80 delegates at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies agreed that “corruption erodes social integrity and fairness, undermines government accountability and public trust, and impedes healthy economic growth.”

Speaking at the meeting, Nguyễn Văn Thanh, Government deputy inspector general and chair of the meeting, said: “Greater cooperation is needed in combating money laundering and recovering stolen assets, and promoting international cooperation in bribery cases, repatriation of fugitives, and informal international cooperation.”

“I believe that our deliberations at this meeting will facilitate direct connections among law enforcement agencies, and create a platform for international cooperation in information exchange, mutual legal assistance, extradition, asset recovery and joint investigation of corruption cases,” he added.

Corruption in Việt Nam had caused resource losses, reducing the efficiency of public investment, destroying trust of investors, and weakening national competitiveness, Thanh said.

Peru, an APEC member economy, for example, has made great progress in fighting corruption by strengthening international cooperation and participating in global anti-corruption activities, according to a report from Peru’s High-Level Anti-Corruption Commission.

“Corruption is one of the main threats and vulnerabilities that allow the commission of acts of laundering and terrorist financing,” the report said.

Also speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Denis Kunev, head of the Organisation and Analytics Department at the Investigative Committee from the Russian Federation, said: “We expect stronger commitment and cooperation among the member economies in the Asia Pacific region to fight corruption.”

“The meeting provided an opportunity for member economies to speak about challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in fighting money laundering and recovering assets related to corruption cases,” Kunev told Việt Nam News. “It had a lot of useful information on anti-corruption, which we can use for training investigators in Russia.”

The Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies was established at the 17th APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group Meeting in Indonesia in 2013.

The network, whose first meeting was held in China in 2014, aims to enhance informal cross-border cooperation between agencies responsible for investigations and prosecutions of corruption, bribery, money laundering and illicit trade, and the identification and return of the proceeds of those crimes.

The Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group’s Pathfinder Dialogue IV was also held on Saturday. Corruption as a driver of illegal logging and the use of anti-corruption activities by customs’ offices dealing with the forest trade were the main topics discussed.

The dialogue will resume on Aug 20, with focus on anti-corruption in wildlife trafficking and ways to detect and disrupt wildlife trafficking using anti-money laundering and asset confiscation techniques, protocols and good practices of effective international cooperation and mutual legal assistance. — VNS

 

APEC SOM 3 to host most events

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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). Continue reading “APEC SOM 3 to host most events”

Hy vọng TPP sẽ hồi sinh

Thái Bình – Thứ Bảy,  22/7/2017, 08:49 (GMT+7)

Thủ tướng Nhật và Tổng thống Mỹ hội đàm ở Hamburg bên lề hội nghị thượng đỉnh G-20, nơi Nhật và Mỹ đại diện cho hai xu thế thương mại trái ngược nhau. Ảnh: NYT

(TBKTSG) – Khi Donald Trump tuyên bố, trong sắc lệnh đầu tiên của ông với tư cách tổng thống Mỹ, rằng Mỹ không còn tham gia vào Hiệp định Đối tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương (Trans Pacific Partnership – TPP), nhiều người đã cho rằng, thỏa thuận thương mại tự do thế hệ mới này đã chết. Nhưng hãy còn quá sớm để đọc lời ai điếu cho TPP.

Mặc dù không mong đợi ông Trump sẽ đổi ý nhưng 11 thành viên còn lại của TPP không cam tâm để cho công sức đàm phán gay go suốt năm năm trời bị đổ sông đổ biển chỉ vì quyết định của một tổng thống Mỹ – người mà theo nhận xét của nhà báo Thomas Friedman, dường như chưa đọc và chưa hiểu gì về TPP.

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APEC Sheds Light on Economic Constraints for Women

APEC – Lima, Peru 24 Oct 2016

An APEC study casts a spotlight on what factors potentially hold women back in growing as entrepreneurs.

When a woman entrepreneur is presented with an economic opportunity, what considerations and decision points allow her to seize it? The answers to this question are the focus of a recently-concluded APEC study that will support APEC’s efforts toward an inclusive economic growth in the region.

To better understand how to create conducive policy environments for equal economic opportunities, the study looked into gender-related constraints faced by women business owners. It found that the lack of options for child care, inadequate access to capital, and the nature of motivation to venture into business are key factors worth further examination in order for economies to provide support for women to succeed and grow as entrepreneurs. Continue reading “APEC Sheds Light on Economic Constraints for Women”

APEC – Thông tin cơ bản

VNE – APEC (Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation: Diễn đàn hợp tác kinh tế Châu Á – Thái Bình Dương) là một diễn đàn không chính thức thúc đẩy tự do thương mại và đầu tư chức không phải một tổ chức về kinh tế, thương mại. Hợp tác giữa các thành viên là hợp tác giữa các nền kinh tế chứ không phải với tư cách các quốc gia có chủ quyền. Do đó khi đề cập đến các thành viên APEC ta gọi là “các nền kinh tế thành viên”, hoặc “các thành viên”, hoặc “các nền kinh tế”, chứ không gọi là “đất nước” hay “quốc gia”, hay “dân tộc”. Không sử dụng chức danh “Tổng thống”, “Thủ tướng”, “Nguyên thủ quốc gia” hoặc “Người đứng đầu chính phủ” đối với các Nhà Lãnh đạo, mà gọi là các Nhà Lãnh đạo Kinh tế. Do vậy, không gọi là “Hội nghị thượng đỉnh” hay “Hội nghị cấp cao”, mà gọi là “Hội nghị không chính thức các Nhà Lãnh đạo Kinh tế APEC”.

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APEC seeks to promote sustainable tourism development

Last update 09:35 | 20/06/2017

Encouraging the participation of local people is part of the measures to promote sustainable tourism development. The issue was put on table at an APEC high level policy dialogue in northern Quang Ninh province on June 19.

According to United Nations World Tourism Organisation, tourism in many developing and least developed countries is the most viable and sustainable economic development option. Continue reading “APEC seeks to promote sustainable tourism development”

APEC SOM 2, meetings begin in Hà Nội

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Update: May, 09/2017 – 21:00

Meeting of the Group of Friends on Disability within SOM2 framework. – VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Khang
HÀ NỘI – The second APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 2) and related meetings began in Ha Noi today, with participants discussing various issues of regional interest.They include trade and investment liberalisation, business facilitation, human resource development, education, network economy, food safety, science, technology and creativity, mining, the automobile industry and urbanisation.

During a series of events which will last until May 21, APEC delegates are expected to speed up the implementation of long-term co-operation programmes and plans in key areas and reach consensus on documents to be submitted to ministers for approval. This will lay a foundation for documents for the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting and APEC Ministerial Meeting in central Đà Nẵng City in November. Continue reading “APEC SOM 2, meetings begin in Hà Nội”

Hosting of APEC 2017 reflects VN’s int’l stature: Deputy PM

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Update: May, 09/2017 – 19:00

HÀ NỘI — Hosting events of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum demonstrates the strategic diplomatic vision and growing stature of Việt Nam on the world stage, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh.

In a recent article published by muliple local media outlets, Minh, also Chairman of the APEC 2017 National Committee, wrote that APEC Year 2017 would be a critical opportunity for Việt Nam to affirm its diplomatic wisdom, especially in multilateral external activities, amid strong efforts to integrate internationally. Continue reading “Hosting of APEC 2017 reflects VN’s int’l stature: Deputy PM”

US President Trump to be in Vietnam for regional summit

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Updated : 04/21/2017 07:46 GMT + 7

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 20, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump will attend three summits in Asia in November, one of which will be hosted by the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after a meeting with ASEAN secretary general Le Luong Minh.

President Trump will arrive in Da Nang for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Reuters quoted Pence as saying during a visit to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday. Continue reading “US President Trump to be in Vietnam for regional summit”

Đà Nẵng “chạy nước rút” đón APEC 2017

THANH HẢI 9:19 AM, 03/02/2017

Chưa đầy 10 tháng nữa, APEC 2017 sẽ được tổ chức tại Đà Nẵng. Đây là một sự kiện lớn của Việt Nam, là cột mốc lịch sử của Đà Nẵng trong công cuộc phát triển kinh tế-xã hội. Ngay từ những ngày đầu tiên của năm mới Đinh Dậu 2017, không khí đón APEC đã ngập tràn Đà Nẵng …

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Tổng quan về APEC

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I. LỊCH SỬ HÌNH THÀNH, PHÁT TRIỂN VÀ CÁC THÀNH TỰU CỦA DIỄN ĐÀN HỢP TÁC KINH TẾ CHÂU Á – THÁI BÌNH DƯƠNG (APEC)

Sau Đại chiến thế giới lần thứ hai, thế giới lâm vào cuộc khủng hoảng kinh tế nghiêm trọng. Những nỗ lực cải cách kinh tế, mở rộng thương mại, tạo đà cho kinh tế đi lên đã gặp phải trở ngại lớn, đó là chủ nghĩa bảo hộ mậu dịch và tình trạng phân biệt đối xử trong buôn bán thương mại quốc tế. Continue reading “Tổng quan về APEC”