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24th APEC SME Ministerial Meeting on horizon

Released at: 09:04, 07/09/2017 APEC Viet Nam 2017

24th APEC SME Ministerial Meeting on horizon

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Meeting to be held in HCMC from September 10 to 15.

by Tue Lam

The 24th APEC Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Ministerial Meeting will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from September 10 to 15, with the theme “Raising the Competitiveness and Innovation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Era of Globalization”.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will direct the meeting on September 15, according to Mr. Ho Sy Hung, Director of the Enterprise Development Agency at the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).

The meeting will contribute to the diversified activities of APEC 2017, being held in Vietnam later this year.

It is an opportunity to exchange, discuss, and propose effective cooperation ideas within the APEC framework and improve the integration capacity of localities and enterprises in the context of deepening economic integration.

The conference consists of three sub-themes: Facilitating business's access to markets and engaging more deeply in global value chains; Facilitating the business environment for SMEs; and Promoting the APEC business spirit in the digital age. 

The meeting is expected to adopt key documents: the APEC Declaration on Promoting Business Enterprises; the Strategy to Promote Small and Medium Green, Sustainable and Innovative Enterprises, and the Report from the Ministerial Meeting to the 2017 APEC Leaders’ Meeting.

A series of related meetings will take place during the event, such as the 45th APEC Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Working Group Meeting, the APEC Online to Offline (O2O) Forum, the APEC Startup Forum, and the Forum on APEC Digital Economy.

Vietnam hosts APEC 2017 in the context of the region and the world changing profoundly with instability and vulnerability being more unpredictable. There is a shift of power from West to East, stiff challenges in traditional and non-traditional security issues, and the impact of the fourth industrial revolution on all aspects of life.

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