Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi on Friday night for Papua New Guinea to attend the 26th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on November 17-18 at the invitation of the Oceanian country's Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
The premier was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, and Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
This year marks Vietnam’s 20-year membership in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
Vietnam is among a few APC members having hosted APEC summits twice, in 2006 and 2017. It is also among the most active members in proposing ideas and projects, authoring more than 100 projects in various fields. The Southeast Asian country has held many positions in APEC committees and working groups. Its business community also actively participates in and makes many recommendations to APEC. “Vietnam will continue to accompany APEC in the next development period, join hands in building a strategic vision on an Asian-Pacific community of peace, stability, dynamism, innovation, and prosperity,” Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said in an article titled “20 years in APEC: from a strategic vision to Vietnam’s imprints”.