APEC Meeting Concludes in Sydney

President Nguyen Minh Triet on Sunday joined leaders from other member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum at the 2nd closed meeting of its 15th Summit in Sydney, Australia.

President Nguyen Minh Triet (R) shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the 15th APEC meeting in Sydney

The meeting, chaired by Australian Prime Minister John Howard, focused on regional economic integration, human security, economic reforms, APEC reforms and expansion.

Speaking at the meeting, President Triet praised Australia's role in coordinating with other APEC members to work on the regional economic integration report.

The Vietnamese President said that at a time when regions over the world are developing in a dynamic way, it is necessary to study the ways and methods to accelerate economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region. The integration should be based the APEC 's support for the WTO and the Bogor goals, towards an open and free trade area in 2010 for developed members and by 2020 for developing members, the President Said.

He stressed that after joining the WTO, the Vietnamese government has strived to implement economic and legal reforms to meet the demands of the WTO, to facilitate trade and foreign investment flows into Viet Nam.

Regarding human security, President Triet said: "Human security is a matter of survival, closely connected to the stability and prosperity of all nations and economies. Viet Nam supports all APEC member economies' efforts in fighting terrorism and creating a safe and favorable environment for trade and investment."

On natural disasters and epidemics, from Viet Nam's experience in the area, President Triet proposed to accelerate the sharing and dissemination of information to raise public awareness on these dangers. He also called on APEC's developed members to provide more aid to developing to cope with disasters and epidemics.

The same day, the Vietnamese president had a talk with Australian Prime Minister John Howard in Sydney.

President Nguyen Minh Triet fully backed Australia’s agenda for the 15th APEC summit, particularly the focus on energy security and climate change.

He went on to say that Viet Nam would continue to take part in APEC’s activities in an endeavor to boost the bloc’s work in a series of fields.

Regarding bilateral ties between Viet Nam and Australia, President Triet expressed his delight at the developing relationship between the two countries, particularly in commerce, investment, education and tourism.

President Triet also took the occasion to thank the Australian government for providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam, as well as creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese nationals living in the country.

The two sides agreed that they should increase cultural exchange activities and labor cooperation in the future.

For his part, Australian PM Howard thanked Viet Nam for sharing its experiences and helping Australia successfully host the 15th APEC Summit. He recalled the impression he had on Viet Nam, a safe and hospitable country, when he attended the 14th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Ha Noi in 2006 and expressed his wish to visit Viet Nam in the near future.

PM Howard stressed that Australia attaches great importance to developing the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Viet Nam, saying that the Australian government would encourage local businesses to invest in Viet Nam.

He noted that with the current pace of development, Viet Nam would make a major breakthrough by becoming a developed country within the next 20 years.

The PM spoke highly of contributions made by the Vietnamese community in Australia to the country’s economic and political life, affirming that overseas Vietnamese is an important factor to help cement the two countries’ relations.

On the same day in Sydney, President Triet received representatives from the Microsoft Corporation.

Soon after the 15th APEC meeting, President Nguyen Minh Triet will visit New Zealand from September 10-12 as guest of New Zealand Governor-General Anad Satyanand and Prime Minister Helen Clark.

The trip will mark the first State-level visit to New Zealand by a Vietnamese president since the two countries established diplomatic ties in June 1975.

President Triet and his wife left Sydney later the same day, successfully wrapping up his visit to Australia to attend the 15th APEC Summit.

Source: VNA

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