Vietnam would become a key link in an expansive economic network, including 18 APEC member economies, said President Truong Tan Sang at the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meeting of Economic Leaders, which was held on November 10-11 in Beijing, China.
Sang said Vietnam fully supported measures to realize the Bali commitments and Bogor goals, as well as the facilitation and liberalization of trade and investment.
To guarantee effective regional connections, the President called for stronger efforts to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, work out a post-2015 development agenda and address global challenges.
He said APEC should intensify economic and technical cooperation while joining and supporting regional initiatives to boost interconnections, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
In his speech on Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth, President Sang pointed to the need to attach innovative development and reform to efforts to narrow development gaps, ensure social welfare and gender equality, and reduce poverty.
To ensure equality among people, attention should be paid to the close relationship between food security and water resources, and by developing science and technology in environment-friendly farming, Sang suggested.
At the meeting, the leaders issued two declarations including Beijing Agenda for an Integrated, Innovative and Interconnected Asia-Pacific and Shaping the Future through the Asia-Pacific Partnership.
Four annexes include the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific; APEC Strategies Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chain Development and Cooperation; APEC Accord on Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth; and APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-25.-