APEC gears towards healthy region

NDO/VNA – Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21, aiming to address a range of issues in order to build a healthy Asia-Pacific region. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of the economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth, which will be an essential driver for long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening, towards sustainable development” and focusing on five priorities. The priorities include; ensuring progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards a healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, an integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and a focus on health in all policies, and multi sectorial action to achieve health in relation to sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by the 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened further for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21, aiming to address a range of issues in order to build a healthy Asia-Pacific region. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of the economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth, which will be an essential driver for long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening, towards sustainable development” and focusing on five priorities. The priorities include; ensuring progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards a healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, an integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and a focus on health in all policies, and multi sectorial action to achieve health in relation to sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by the 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened further for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have exchanged experience in emergency preparedness at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City. The 12th meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, from August 21-22, is part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3). Addressing the opening ceremony, Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said since the beginning of this year, the APEC region has faced abnormal natural disasters, as well as challenges due to global climate change. Many types of natural disasters are posing threats to most countries worldwide, he said, noting that such natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, causing great losses and affecting production and business activities as well as public health. Therefore, it is necessary to intensify information exchange and take more drastic actions in order to minimise the occurrence of natural disasters within the region, he said. The official noted that natural disasters kill 300 people and cause losses worth more than US$1 billion each year in Vietnam, which has been listed as one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Many regions in Vietnam have faced serious riverbank and coastal landslides, and mountainous localities in the country have been hit by flooding, he said, stressing that natural disasters have left 100 people dead so far this year. Hoai called on the APEC economies to review regulations, work together to build a…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have exchanged experience in emergency preparedness at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City. The 12th meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, from August 21-22, is part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3). Addressing the opening ceremony, Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said since the beginning of this year, the APEC region has faced abnormal natural disasters, as well as challenges due to global climate change. Many types of natural disasters are posing threats to most countries worldwide, he said, noting that such natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, causing great losses and affecting production and business activities as well as public health. Therefore, it is necessary to intensify information exchange and take more drastic actions in order to minimise the occurrence of natural disasters within the region, he said. The official noted that natural disasters kill 300 people and cause losses worth more than US$1 billion each year in Vietnam, which has been listed as one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Many regions in Vietnam have faced serious riverbank and coastal landslides, and mountainous localities in the country have been hit by flooding, he said, stressing that natural disasters have left 100 people dead so far this year. Hoai called on the APEC economies to review regulations, work together to build a…... [read more]

The 12th meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, from August 21-22, is part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3). Addressing the opening ceremony, Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said since the beginning of this year, the APEC region has faced abnormal natural disasters as well as global climate change challenges. An overview of the meeting  Many types of natural disasters are posing threats to most of countries worldwide, he said, noting that such natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, causing great losses and affecting production and business activities as well as public health. Therefore, it is a must to intensify information exchange and take more drastic actions in order to minimize the occurrence of natural disasters in the region, he said. The official noted that natural disasters kill 300 people and cause losses worth more than 1 billion USD each year in Vietnam, which has been listed as one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Many regions in Vietnam have faced serious riverbank and coastal landslides, and mountainous localities in the country have been hit by flooding, he said, stressing that natural disasters so far this year have left 100 people dead.  Hoai called on the APEC economies to review regulations, work together to build a common mechanism and reach consensus on emergency…... [read more]

In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth and that will be an essential driver of long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening towards sustainable development” and five priorities.  Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gather in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 The priorities include progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and health in all policies, and multi sectoral action to achieve health related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened more for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the 2017 HWG Work Plan, and discuss priorities and indicators for healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, as…... [read more]

The 12th meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, from August 21-22, is part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3). Addressing the opening ceremony, Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said since the beginning of this year, the APEC region has faced abnormal natural disasters as well as global climate change challenges. An overview of the meeting  Many types of natural disasters are posing threats to most of countries worldwide, he said, noting that such natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, causing great losses and affecting production and business activities as well as public health. Therefore, it is a must to intensify information exchange and take more drastic actions in order to minimize the occurrence of natural disasters in the region, he said. The official noted that natural disasters kill 300 people and cause losses worth more than 1 billion USD each year in Vietnam, which has been listed as one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Many regions in Vietnam have faced serious riverbank and coastal landslides, and mountainous localities in the country have been hit by flooding, he said, stressing that natural disasters so far this year have left 100 people dead.  Hoai called on the APEC economies to review regulations, work together to build a common mechanism and reach consensus on emergency…... [read more]

The CTI Expert Meeting on Quality Infrastructure Investment was held within the framework of the third APEC Officials Meeting (SOM 3), where APEC member economies shared good practices and lessons learned in infrastructure projects. At the event The event aims to enhance understanding on quality infrastructure investment from both institutional and technical perspectives among high-ranking officials in charge of infrastructure. Delegates shared the views that quality infrastructure investment helps ensure the governance of the infrastructure, reliable operation during the life span of a project, safety and resilience against natural disasters, terrorism and cyber-attack risks. At the same time, quality infrastructure investment contributes to job creation for local communities and the settlement of environmental and social impacts. Kazuko Ishigaki, from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, cited an estimate by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2011 that the world needs USD 2.3 trillion per year for infrastructure investment. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recent estimates show that Asia needs USD 1.7 trillion each year for infrastructure development, she said, stressing that APEC has promoted Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 and related initiatives to boost infrastructure development. Kazuko Ishigaki told Vietnam News Agency reporters that like other countries, Vietnam should invest in infrastructure in a smart and effective way, explaining that fragile infrastructure will be easy to be damaged by natural disasters like floods and earthquakes. “It is important to design infrastructure in an effective way so that…... [read more]

At the event (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Well-designed, sustainable and resilient infrastructure will enhance economic growth, boost productivity and provide significant positive flow-on effectives, heard a meeting of the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) in Ho Chi Minh City on August 19. The CTI Expert Meeting on Quality Infrastructure Investment was held within the framework of the third APEC Officials Meeting (SOM 3), where APEC member economies shared good practices and lessons learned in infrastructure projects. The event aims to enhance understanding on quality infrastructure investment from both institutional and technical perspectives among high-ranking officials in charge of infrastructure. Delegates shared the views that quality infrastructure investment helps ensure the governance of the infrastructure, reliable operation during the life span of a project, safety and resilience against natural disasters, terrorism and cyber attack risks. At the same time, quality infrastructure investment contributes to job creation for local communities and the settlement of environmental and social impacts. Kazuko Ishigaki, from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, cited an estimate by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2011 that the world needs 2.3 trillion USD per year for infrastructure investment. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recent estimates show that Asia needs 1.7 trillion USD each year for infrastructure development, she said, stressing that APEC has promoted Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 and related initiatives to boost infrastructure development. Kazuko Ishigaki…... [read more]

Excellent television works are honoured at the Vietnam News Agency's first television festival (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency organised its first television festival on August 18 to mark the 7th anniversary of the first broadcast of the agency’s TV channel – Vnews. Speaking at the event, General Director of the Vietnam News Agency Nguyen Duc Loi underlined that VNews, which specialises in mainstream news, has become one of the main national TV channels. The TV channel has made significant contributions to popularizing accurate and timely information, countering false information, thus serving Party and Government’s leadership as well as meeting information demands of both domestic and foreign audience, he highlighted. Meanwhile, VNews Director Nguyen Thien Thuat stressed that VNews has established a foothold in the country’s television journalism. The VNews channel has covered 63 cities and provinces, 30 countries and territories worldwide along with significant domestic and international events. A ceremony was held at the Vietnam News Agency headquarters the same day to present awards honouring standout television works in diverse categories as well as individuals and organisations who contributed to the development of the TV channel. The awards included “Standout reporter”, “Golden hand”, “Excellent television works”, “Excellent camerawoman” and “Versatile reporter”, among others. VNews aired its first news programme on August 25, 2010. From its humble beginning with only several news programmes a day, now the channel broadcasts around the clock with 24 news programmes and 30 specialised…... [read more]




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