APEC 2017 SMEMM Week set for launch

With the theme of “Strengthening MSMEs’ Competitiveness and Innovation in the Digital Age,” the 24th APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting (SMEMM) promises to contribute to the diversified activities of APEC 2017 held in Vietnam.

The press briefing on the upcoming launch of APEC 2017 SMEMM in Hanoi

The 24th  APEC SMEMM will take place on September 10-15 in Ho Chi Minh City, and will include the 45th APEC Small and Medium Enterprise (APEC) Working Group Meeting (September 13-14), the APEC 020 Forum (September 10), the Startup Forum (September 11-12), and the Digital Economy Forum (September 12).

Director general of the Ministry of Planning and Investment's (MPI) Enterprise Development Agency Ho Sy Hung said the SMEMM Week will create valuable opportunities for discussions and making suggestions within the framework of APEC to enhance the integration capacity of localities and enterprises, promoting socioeconomic development in the context of globalisation and deeper economic integration.

APEC 2017 SMEMM will feature three sub-themes, including facilitating SME’s access to the market and deeper integration into the global value chain; enabling SMEs through better access to technology, management, and capacity building in training, consultancy and business matching; and strengthening APEC entrepreneurship in the digital age: promoting startups and business ethics.

Nguyen Thanh Le, head of the International Co-operation Division under Enterprise Development Agency, said the APEC 2017 SMEMM, which will be chaired and organised by MPI, is one of the important ministerial-level meetings of the APEC Year 2017.

The event is expected to offer a platform to discuss and approve key documents, such as the strategy to promote small and medium green, sustainable, and innovative enterprises, and the report of the Ministerial Meeting to the 2017 APEC Leaders’ Meeting.

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By Van Anh