Workshop spotlights draft APEC action plan on rural-urban development

Farmers plant rice seedlings in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A consultation workshop took place in
Hanoi on July 20, focusing on a draft action plan on rural-urban development to
strengthen food security and quality growth in APEC economies.

The event was held by the Institute of Policy
and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) and the
International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development. It was the fourth activity within the framework of the APEC
Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) in 2017.

Director of the International Cooperation
Department Tran Kim Long said as the host of APEC activities and the PPFS in
2017, Vietnam has built a draft action plan for the APEC Strategic Framework on
Rural-Urban Development to Strengthen Food Security and Quality Growth,
approved at APEC Peru 2016.

The growth quality in rural areas amid
urbanisation and globalisation needs to be associated with income raising
opportunities, ensuring employment, forming local and regional chain
connectivity, and settling social issues such as gender equality, community
integration and knowledge improvement, he noted.

At the workshop, participants discussed the main
content and priorities that should be part of the draft action plan, including
inclusive economic development, social issues, sustainable management of
natural resources, and State management efficiency.

Rural development and poverty alleviation in
APEC are considered important issues of almost all member economies. The
region’s efforts in rural development and poverty elimination have so far
resulted in encouraging outcomes.

However, there remains an array of challenges in
the region such as the global economic crisis, climate change and epidemics
that have negatively affected the socio-economic situation, especially in rural
areas, and the stability in each member economy as well as the whole APEC
region. They have also hampered the realisation of APEC goals and the
Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.-VNA

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