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As the first of many events forming part of the 25th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, CSOM saw the participation of nearly 200 delegates, including senior officials of the 21 APEC member economies, representatives of the ASEAN, PECC, PIF, and ABAC.
“As we Vietnamese say, after the rain, the sun rises,” explained Ambassador Bui Thanh Son, chairman of the meeting that will continue through Tuesday, drawing a parallel between the typhoon and APEC’s efforts in Danang to ensure a lasting economic recovery underway.
In his opening remarks, Son stated that in the face of the myriad difficulties and challenges that this year brought for the APEC co-operation, "member economies have managed to secure many important results, maintaining the momentum of co-operation, reaching convergence on a wide range of issues to push forward this year's priorities and support the other on-going works of APEC."
|Ambassador Bui Thanh Son, Chairman of the APEC 2017 SOM events|
"Vietnam has greatly benefited from the active engagement and contributions of all member economies and other stakeholders to advance the APEC process in the commonly desired direction,” Son stressed.
He asked the meeting to focus on reviewing the progress of APEC co-operation this year and report on the deliverables to APEC ministers and economic leaders for consideration, and finalise the AMM Statement and AELM Declaration.
On the first day of the meeting, APEC senior officials have wrapped up key the outcomes and deliverables of APEC committees and working groups capitals in 2017, which support the overarching theme of APEC 2017—Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future—and its four priorities, namely: (i) Promoting sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth; (ii) Deepening regional economic integration; (iii) Strengthening MSMEs’ competitiveness and innovation in the digital age; and (iv) Enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change.
The meeting will continue tomorrow morning.