APEC seeks to promote technology in agricultural production

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]

Sustainability is no longer an ambiguous concept but it is closely tied to each activity of the business. Wherein, corporate governance is defined as a core element to ensure effective growth and long-term sustainable development for each business. According to a report released by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), in 2014, the medium score of corporate governance in Vietnam was 35.1, much lower than that in Thailand (84.5), Malaysia (75.2), Singapore (70.7) or Indonesia (57.3). In 2015, Vietnam had no presence in the Top 50 best-governed listed companies in ASEAN. This included only listed companies - more advanced ones in the economy. And, if unlisted companies were taken into account, the picture of corporate governance would have been worse. Explaining this reality, Mr Phan Duc Hieu, Vice Chairman of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), said, the first and foremost reason lies in the perception and low awareness of businesses about roles and importance of corporate governance. Even though many are operating without a corporate charter or corporate governance code. This is the reason for the inversion of corporate development scale to corporate governance level. If an expanding company is badly governed, its operations will not be sustainable. At the same time, they will never be the apple of the eye of foreign investors when they consider investment. In fact, corporate governance plays a very important role in sustainable corporate development. Accordingly, good corporate governance will help mobilise capital easily and particularly help…... [read more]

The Ministry of Health will chair seven meetings on health-related issues during the third Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) and related meetings scheduled for August 18-30 in Ho Chi Minh City, said an official from the ministry.  Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Health Ministry’s International Cooperation Department, said at a press conference in Hanoi on August 11 that the meetings will approve relevant strategies and policies in the APEC region as well as action plans of special working groups.  Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien will preside over the seventh High-Level Meeting on Health and Economy slated for August 23-28, he said, adding that the event is expected to help promote Vietnam’s initiative in inclusive economic, financial and social development through the building of a sustainable financial system in public health care and a roadmap that provides all people with health services.  The meeting is projected to issue a joint declaration and recommendations which will be sent to the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November 2017 in the central city of Da Nang, Cuong said. It is expected to bring together 280 domestic and international delegates, including representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Population Fund and the World Bank, he added.  Within the framework of SOM3, Minister Tien is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price and Japanese Senator Keizo Takemin, and met with representatives of APEC partners…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) –The Ministry of Health will chair seven meetings on health-related issues during the third Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) and related meetings scheduled for August 18-30 in Ho Chi Minh City, said an official from the ministry. Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Health Ministry’s International Cooperation Department, said at a press conference in Hanoi on August 11 that the meetings will approve relevant strategies and policies in the APEC region as well as action plans of special working groups. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien will preside over the seventh High-Level Meeting on Health and Economy slated for August 23-28, he said, adding that the event is expected to help promote Vietnam’s initiative in inclusive economic, financial and social development through the building of a sustainable financial system in public health care and a roadmap that provides all people with health services. The meeting is projected to issue a joint declaration and recommendations which will be sent to the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November 2017 in the central city of Da Nang, Cuong said. It is expected to bring together 280 domestic and international delegates, including representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Population Fund and the World Bank, he added. Within the framework of SOM3, Minister Tien is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price and …... [read more]

NDO/VNA - The Ministry of Health will chair seven meetings on health-related issues during the third Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) and other related meetings, scheduled for August 18-30 in Ho Chi Minh City, said an official from the ministry. Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Health Ministry’s International Cooperation Department, at a press conference in Hanoi on August 11, stated that the meetings will approve the relevant strategies and policies in the APEC region, as well as the action plans of the special working groups. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien will preside over the seventh High-Level Meeting on Health and Economy scheduled for August 23-28, he said, adding that the event is expected to help promote Vietnam’s initiatives in inclusive economic, financial and social development through the building of a sustainable financial system in public health care and a strategy that provides everybody with health services. The meeting is projected to issue a joint declaration and recommendations which will be sent to the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, to be held in November 2017, in the central city of Da Nang, Cuong said. It is expected to bring together 280 domestic and international delegates, including representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Population Fund and the World Bank, he added. Within the framework of SOM3, Minister Tien is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price and Japanese Senator…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - The Ministry of Health will chair seven meetings on health-related issues during the third Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) and other related meetings, scheduled for August 18-30 in Ho Chi Minh City, said an official from the ministry. Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Health Ministry’s International Cooperation Department, at a press conference in Hanoi on August 11, stated that the meetings will approve the relevant strategies and policies in the APEC region, as well as the action plans of the special working groups. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien will preside over the seventh High-Level Meeting on Health and Economy scheduled for August 23-28, he said, adding that the event is expected to help promote Vietnam’s initiatives in inclusive economic, financial and social development through the building of a sustainable financial system in public health care and a strategy that provides everybody with health services. The meeting is projected to issue a joint declaration and recommendations which will be sent to the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, to be held in November 2017, in the central city of Da Nang, Cuong said. It is expected to bring together 280 domestic and international delegates, including representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Population Fund and the World Bank, he added. Within the framework of SOM3, Minister Tien is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price and Japanese Senator…... [read more]

Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) will host an ASEAN regional song competition August 18-21 at the FLC Sam Son Resort in the northern central coastal province of Thanh Hoa. The event is organized as part of the activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN and the 72nd anniversary since the formation of VOV (September 7, 1945-2017). This is the first time for VOV to host a such competition for ASEAN contestants specialized in pop music. According to Director of VOV International Cooperation Department Nguyen Thuy Hoa who is also a representative of the organizing board, the pop music competition with the participation of young singers will contribute to promoting cross-cultural exchanges among ASEAN countries. In his remarks at a press briefing on the contest in Hanoi on August 7, VOV Vice President Vu Hai said apart from creating a cultural playing field through music, the “ASEAN+3 Song Contest” will become a highlight of VOV's activities underlining the importance and great contributions of a national media organization to boosting cooperative relations between Vietnam and other countries in the region and in the world. VOV believes strongly the event serves as a platform for young singers to both showcase and nurture their talent as well as contributes to more peaceful, stable and secure relations among ASEAN +3 member countries.... [read more]

In December 2013, WTO member countries unanimously endorsed the TFA at the conclusion of the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia. To date, only four WTO members — Hong Kong (China), Singapore, the US and Mauritius — have secured domestic acceptance of the TFA. The TFA does not become effective until two-thirds of WTO members have completed their domestic ratification process, as essential part of which is the formation of a National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF). The Vietnam government recently announced it has taken initial steps to forming the NCTF, which will be comprised of public and private sector stakeholders, to provide oversight in implementing the TFA. The TFA is vitally important and has the potential to fundamentally reform global customs practices said Nguyen Toan, deputy head of the International Cooperation Department under the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Most importantly it will substantially reduce the costs and time associated for Vietnamese businesses to ship goods across borders into other countries, Toan stressed. Secondarily, it’s the perfect example of how breaking down barriers to trade can unlock new opportunities for Vietnam, and it’s a particularly important win for small and medium sized businesses. The agreement simplifies and clarifies customs procedures and mandates that customs procedures be transparent and provides standardization and uniformity to issues dealing with importing and exporting activities for all WTO member countries. These improvements will greatly facilitate trade across borders, thereby reducing the costs in both time and money for Vietnamese international traders and ultimately…... [read more]

Deputy Head of the Finance Ministry’s International Cooperation Department Ha Duy Tung told a press conference on international economic integration held in Hanoi on June 3. According to the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA), a 0 percent tariff will be applied to 90% of traded goods, which would enhance and promote bilateral trade relations. The question is that who can make use of the tariff cuts, Tung noted. The General Department of Vietnam Customs said that China is the second largest importer of Vietnam (after the US). In the first eleven months of 2014, Vietnam exports to China reached US$13.53 billion, accounting for 9.9% of the country’s total export turnover. However, there remains a big gap between imports and exports and in the last five years Vietnam has seen a trade deficit with China.... [read more]




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