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APEC statue park opens

Released at: 17:01, 09/11/2017 APEC Viet Nam 2017

APEC statue park opens

Photo from apec2017.vn

Park opened on November 9 in Da Nang in recognition of the 21 members of APEC.

by Ngoc Chi

An APEC statue park in Da Nang was officially opened on November 9 to welcome leaders from the 21 APEC economies and other delegates.

The park was built on an area of over 3,000 sq m, next to the Museum of Cham Sculpture. The yard and walkways cover 752 sq m (24.7 per cent) and the remaining land is trees and statues of the 21 APEC member economies. The park was built using private capital.

In March, Deputy Foreign Minister and APEC 2017 SOM Chair Bui Thanh Son sent letters calling on the 21 member economies to participate in the statues. The 21 now displayed at the park have unique artistic value and are symbols of each member economy.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said the park was built to contribute to expanding and deepening people’s understanding of APEC, connecting them with the region and promoting cultural exchange.

“The unique artworks reflect the region’s rich cultural identity as well as APEC 2017, with the theme ‘Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future’,” he said.

Located in the heart of Da Nang, the park is Vietnam’s gift to distinguished guests, member economies, and the people of APEC. Deputy PM Minh also expressed confidence that the park would become a symbol of APEC’s creativity, vitality, and spirit of cooperation and be an attractive tourist destination in the city.

The APEC CEO Summit 2017 opened on the afternoon of November 8.

State President Tran Dai Quang and leaders from APEC economies such as Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong - China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines and the US were in attendance.

The Summit was also attended by representatives from 800 Vietnamese businesses and more than 2,000 leading businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as leaders from international organizations such as the WB, the ADB, the WEF, the OECD, and the AIIB.

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