Can Tho makes thorough preparations for APEC 2017

A meeting discussing preparations for APEC 2017 in Can Tho (Source:

Can Tho (VNA) –The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho has set forth plans for cooperation
with ministries and agencies to make the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Food
Security and Sustainable Agriculture in the locality from August 21-25 a
success, according to a municipal official.

Dao Anh Dung, Vice
Chairman of the Can Tho city People’s Committee, said at a working session with
the APEC 2017 National Secretariat on July 18 that Can Tho regards the event as
an opportunity to promote trade and local tourism.

There will be 15
meetings, seminars and conferences within the five days, of which the
ministerial-level meeting will bring together leaders of global economies and
over 500 other delegates, he said.

Dung noted that the
municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has been assigned to
coordinate with relevant agencies in organising events in localities with attention
paid to communications work, security, food hygiene and safety, trade and
tourism promotion and technological applications in the farming sector.

Through fairs,
exhibitions and tours, Can Tho is expected to motivate participating foreign
businesses to engage in cooperation with those in the Mekong Delta, the
official said.

Speaking at the
working session, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, head of the APEC 2017
National Secretariat, praised Can Tho for its thorough preparations for the

He said enhancing
food security and sustainable agriculture, and climate change combat is one of
the four cooperation priorities of APEC 2017’s agenda, along with promoting
sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, strengthening regional economic connectivity
intensively and extensively and improving competitiveness and innovation of
small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This is also
Vietnam’s initiative which has received high consensus of other APEC members,
he said, adding that the dialogue is expected to bring pragmatic interests to
Can Tho, which has been seen as a locomotive of the Mekong Delta – a key region
in agricultural development and climate change response, Son said.

He urged Can Tho to
place importance to the communications work to raise awareness of the business
circle about the dialogue, explaining that businesses are the main factor
contributing to the success of the event.-VNA 

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