APEC strengthens aviation security
  • | VOV | April 20, 2012 10:35 AM
Air cargo security in Asia and the Pacific is being hotly discussed at a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City to facilitate trade exchanges and counter terrorism.

More than 100 officials and experts from the 21 member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and airlines are attending the April 19-20 workshop which is focused on issues related to aviation security and ways to boost cooperation in the field.

Nguyen Ngoc Son, Assistant to the Vietnamese Foreign Minister, said the event is part of the implementation of important APEC cooperation orientations, including the new APEC growth strategy, the APEC Strategy on Counter-Terrorism and Secure Trade, and an action plan on facilitating the movement of people and goods.

As a member of ASEAN, APEC, and other regional organisations, Vietnam will take the initiative to participate in cooperation programs and join efforts to strengthen economic connectivity and create favourable conditions for trade and investment, Son said.

Muhamad Noor Yacob, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat, reaffirmed that APEC has potential for fostering cooperation in aviation security, which will help strengthen economic connectivity.

The APEC Secretariat is willing to assist APEC members to implement cooperation programs and initiatives in this field, he said.

Delegates looked at important issues such as building policies and applying programs to maintain aviation security, technological solutions for air cargo security, as well as measures to boost cooperation within APEC and between APEC and related international organizations.

It is also scheduled to adopt a joint report with important proposals, which will be submitted to the Second Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM2) in Russia in May and the 24th APEC Foreign-Economic Ministerial Meeting in September.

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