A parliamentary group commissioned to support the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum this November in central Vietnam has been established by the United States House of Representatives in Washington D.C.
A ceremony announcing the For-APEC group’s establishment was held on Thursday.
Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Pham Quang Vinh thanked members of the U.S. Congress, the National Centre for APEC, and the business community for their show of support for APEC and the U.S.-Asia relations.
Over the past two decades, APEC has emerged as an important forum for the promotion of regional economic development and cooperation, bringing about multiple benefits for member economies, including the U.S., Vinh said.
U.S.- Vietnam ties were deepened by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s May visit to the U.S., the diplomat continued, adding that President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to Vietnam is expected to continue elevating bilateral relations between the two countries.
As the host of this year’s APEC forum, Vietnam has been working with other member economies to boost APEC’s development. So far, Vietnamese diplomats have held more than 200 APEC-related meetings, Vinh stated.
Vietnam will continue its work to ensure the success of APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in the central city of Da Nang in November.
At the ceremony, several U.S. congressmen confirmed the Asia-Pacific region’s important role in the country’s economy and security.
Their statements solidified the view that the U.S. Congress’s establishment of For-APEC is an important means of enhancing economic trade and cooperation in the region.