Vietnam to host WEF on East Asia next month

19:56, May 10, 2010      

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Vietnam will host the 19th World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia in the southern Ho Chi Minh City from June 6 to 7, the Vietnam News Agency reported Monday.

The announcement was made by Director of Department of General Economics under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vu Quang Minh at a seminar held in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

Under the theme "Rethinking Asia's Leadership Agenda", the 19th WEF on East Asia is expected to gather nearly 400 participants including government leaders, experts, scholars and international organization leaders, said Minh.

According to Sushant Palakurthi Rao who heads WEF's Asia team, Vietnam is the first developing country in East Asia to hold such a meeting. Vietnam has shown its increasing important role in the world.

As a chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and with a dynamic economy, Vietnam is the ideal location for the 19th WEF on East Asia.

Sushant said the meeting is expected to help boost the economic development in East Asia -- the fastest growing region in the world.

At the 19th WEF on East Asia, the participants will focus on enhancing regional cooperation in curbing ongoing global challenges including climate change, post-crisis development, and poverty reduction, said Sushant.



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