Vietnam raises four priorities for APEC cooperation

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son raised four cooperation priorities, including Covid-19 control, at the APEC ministers’ meeting today.

Priority orientations for cooperation were presented by Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son at the meeting today at the Inter-Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). 32, the online event took place on November 8 and 9, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Bui Thanh Son said that the first orientation is that APEC needs to promote its leading role in promoting free trade, including limiting measures to hinder trade, expanding the network of free trade agreements. , promoting an open, transparent, rules-based and reformed multilateral trading system of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son at the online meeting at the APEC Foreign Ministers' Meeting today.  Photo: BNG.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son at the online meeting at the APEC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting today. Photo: BNG.

The second priority is to improve the resilience and resilience of supply chains, followed by controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. With the third priority, the measures proposed by the Minister include supporting members in timely access to vaccines, improving the capacity of the public health system, as well as the ability to respond to infectious diseases and cases. future medical emergencies. Finally, the Minister said that APEC needs to promote economic recovery along with strengthening global resilience, sustainability and inclusion.

With the session theme “Technical cooperation is a tool to accelerate economic recovery”, the foreign ministers of the 21 APEC member economies discussed measures to promote cooperation towards an Asia. – The Pacific is resilient and prosperous, supporting members to have a sustainable and inclusive recovery, leveraging innovation and digital transformation for economic recovery.

The ministers agreed on a number of issues, including strengthening pandemic response measures, ensuring a dynamic and connected Asia-Pacific region through efforts to secure a trade and investment environment. free. The ministers also said that economic, trade and social policies must provide equal opportunities, ensure jobs for all people, and agree to strengthen cooperation in responding to climate change.

Previously, on November 8, the APEC trade ministers discussed the topic “Trade is the driving force for accelerating economic recovery” with three main contents including domestic economic recovery experience, domestic economic recovery efforts. trade and investment cooperation for the region’s recovery, APEC’s contribution to the 12th WTO ministerial meeting.

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