VNA 12/11/2011 - The 23rd APEC
Foreign-Economic Ministerial Meeting took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, the US on
Nov. 11, within the framework of the APEC Summit Week.
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Industry and Trade
Minister Vu Huy Hoang led the Vietnamese delegation to the event.
Addressing the function, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said the world
and region are entering a new period with both challenges and opportunities.
Cooperation processes have seen significant developments in a more
practical and concerted manner, he said, proposing the building of a sustainable
regional structure in conformity with the changes and diversity of the region,
strengthening the settlement of traditional and non-traditional security
challenges to meet the common goals of peace, sustainability and development in
The FM also stressed that in a shaping regional structure,
the central role of ASEAN is very important.
Ministers at the meeting
discussed issues important to the region, especially improving regional
cooperation in the new context, boosting economic growth, creating favourable
conditions for SME development, coping with natural disasters and open
The ministers held dialogues with enterprises on matters of
The ministers held that APEC cooperation in 2011 has
achieved practical results, especially in intensifying regional economic
linkage, new contents and challenges in trade, green growth and coping with
They agreed to boost the implementation of Bogor
Goals, create more favorable conditions for SMEs, expand the global supply
chain, promote innovation policy, strengthen public-private partnership and put
forth specific measures to soon conclude the Doha negotiations.
session on natural calamities, FM Minh said natural disasters and climate change
are becoming an urgent issue, especially in Asia-Pacific, which have to suffer
from 70 percent of the world’s calamities.
He supported APEC’s view that
human security, especially coping with urgent situations, is one of the
The Vietnamese FM asked APEC to pay attention to
raising community’s awareness, cooperation in sea rescue and encouraging
The Ministers adopted the meeting’s
declaration and six attached documents, and statements on coping with natural
disasters in Asia-Pacific, open management and economic growth, and WTO, Doha
negotiations and anti protectionism.
The same day, Foreign Minister Pham
Binh Minh and Industry and Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang held bilateral meetings
with their counterparts from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand
The ministers agreed that it is necessary to make more
efforts to deepen bilateral ties, increase the exchange of delegations at all
levels, boost economic-trade cooperation and collaborate on regional and
international issues of mutual concerns within the framework of multilateral
cooperation like APEC./.