HANOI, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- A total of 56 meetings, conferences and dialogues of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) committees and working groups will be held during the first Senior Officials' Meeting and related meetings (SOM 1) in Vietnam's central Nha Trang city from Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Nguyen Minh Vu, deputy head of standing committee of the APEC 2017 National Secretariat, said under the theme "creating new dynamism, fostering a shared future," SOM 1 events will focus on different areas including liberalization of trade and investment, business facilitation, response to natural disasters, human resource development, education, travel facilitation for businessmen, ocean and fishery, e-commerce, services among others.
The meetings will seek measures to boost economic development for 21 APEC member economies and create in-depth economic connectivity, said Vu.
During SOM 1-context meetings, APEC representatives will discuss and agree on priorities and contents of APEC cooperation priorities in 2017. Priorities of four committees of trade-investment, economic, technology, budget management, other APEC cooperation schemes and orientations for APEC activities in 2017 will be mapped out at the SOM 1.
Bui Thanh Son, Vietnamese Deputy foreign minister and chairman of APEC 2017 SOM will chair the meetings.