Vietnam president sets off for APEC Economic Leaders' Week in US

By VNA   November 13, 2023 | 10:26 pm PT
Vietnam president sets off for APEC Economic Leaders' Week in US
President Vo Van Thuong (L) and his wife Phan Thi Thanh Tam wave at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport. Photo by VNA
Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong left Hanoi on Tuesday to attend the 2023 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week and bilateral activities in the U.S. at the invitation of U.S. President Joe Biden.

President Thuong and his spouse Phan Thi Thanh Tam are accompanied by Chairman of the Presidential Office Le Khanh Hai, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien, Minister of Finance Ho Duc Phoc, Chairman of the National Assembly's Committee for Culture and Education Nguyen Dac Vinh, among others.

The Asia-Pacific region and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum are important priorities in Vietnam's foreign policy which aims to foster and enhance multilateral diplomacy, helping to protect and promote security and development interests and elevating the country's position.

Since Vietnam joined APEC 25 years ago, Vietnam has made positive and active contributions to the forum, proposing many initiatives and cooperation projects that are highly appreciated by other APEC members, contributing to promoting peace, stability, cooperation, and economic connection in the region, and maintaining APEC's role as a leading economic connection mechanism in Asia - Pacific.

Vietnam - U.S. relations have been developing strongly in the past time with a milestone marking the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations on the occasion of U.S. President Joe Biden's state visit to Vietnam in September 2023 at the invitation of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

The two sides have signed many cooperation agreements on economy, science-technology, education-training, and humanitarian issues, including commercial contracts with a total value of over US$10 billion.

The theme of this year’s APEC is "Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All". With a focus on connectivity, innovation and inclusiveness, APEC leaders will look into many issues of the global economy's concern, including the maintenance of sustainable supply chains, digital transformation, digital trade, energy transition, climate change fight, and green economy.

The U.S.'s hosting of the meeting for the third time shows its commitment to regional economic development as well as its sense of responsibility towards the global economy.

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