The hosting of the 2018 World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN 2018) will help deepen cooperation between Vietnam and the WEF and promote the country’s international standing, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son at a press conference on the WEF ASEAN 2018 in Hanoi on June 27.
The event themed “ASEAN 4.0: Entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, set to transpire in Hanoi from September 11-13, is one of the WEF’s biggest and most important events in the region, Son who is also head of the organizing committee said.
|The World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 will take place in Hanoi from September 11-13.
The forum is expected to draw the participation of leaders of ASEAN and regional nations, representatives of international organisations, policymakers, experts, scholars, and business leaders in the region and the world.
This year’s theme deals with the common concerns of ASEAN member states and other countries in the region and is closely connected to the ASEAN theme for 2018 “Resilient and Innovative,” he noted.
Vietnam, through the event, desires to augment cooperation with partners, leading world enterprises, expand markets and attract high-quality investments and advanced technologies for the country’s economic restructuring and renovation of growth model, the Deputy FM said.
WEF President Borge Brende hailed Vietnam’s robust economic growth and competitiveness, emphasizing that Industry 4.0 brings both opportunities and challenges to ASEAN state members and the WEF wishes to reinforce partnership with ASEAN to tackle these challenges for the benefit of people in the region.
The event will touch upon strategic issues of national and regional significance under three thematic pillars – Entrepreneurship to craft new approaches to regional and global governance; Entrepreneurship to drive economic and business dynamism; and Entrepreneurship to shape social inclusion.
The WEF was established in 1971 as a non-profit foundation and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.