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​Da Nang schools, agencies to be given days off during APEC week

Wednesday, November 01, 2017, 15:15 GMT+7
​Da Nang schools, agencies to be given days off during APEC week
The administrative center of the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Students and employees of several schools and institutions in the central city of Da Nang will be given days off during next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The municipal People’s Committee announced on Monday that days off will be applied to local schools and agencies to facilitate activities of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week.

Employees and officials of state entities working at the Da Nang Administrative Center will be given a holiday on November 9 and 10.

Those who are responsible for APEC-related tasks will go to work as normal. However, they must be able to present a security card issued by the APEC subcommittee for security and healthcare in order to enter the building.

Parking lots of the administrative center will be shut down during those two days.

Students of local schools, universities, colleges, and regular education centers in Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Cam Le, Ngu Hanh Son, and Son Tra Districts will have two days, November 10 and 11, off.

Kindergartens will remain open as usual during the period.

The People’s Committees at district level will cease their regular meetings on November 9 and 10 to focus on ensuring security and traffic safety in their neighborhoods.

According to Truong Thi Hong Hanh, deputy director of the municipal Department of Tourism, the APEC week is a golden opportunity for the city’s tourism sector to welcome VIP guests from the world’s biggest economies.

Lam Quang Minh, director of the municipal Department of External Relations, said that local businesses have the chance to extend their operations and develop their human resources to prepare for the international event.

APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989, comprising 21 member economies, including Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam among others.

Running from November 6 to 11, the Economic Leaders’ Week is expected to be attended by world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

During the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, a vehicle ban will be applied to various streets across Da Nang.

Trucks and passenger buses with more than 16 seats, with the exception of those with APEC badges, will be prohibited from traveling in the city between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm from November 5 to 12.

Parking is banned along streets including Hoang Sa, Vo Nguyen Giap, Truong Sa, Vo Van Kiet, Nguyen Van Thoai, Bach Dang, Tran Phu, 2 Thang 9, Cach Mang Thang 8, Nguyen Van Linh, Duy Tan, and Tran Thi Ly.

The Dragon Bridge will cease its iconic fire show on November 4, 5, 11, and 12.

Tourism activities along the Han River will also be halted from November 9 to 11.

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