On May 25th 2017, representatives of APEC National Secretariat 2017 including Ms. Tran Nam Binh (from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Ms. Aileen Yap and Mr James Soh (from APEC Voices Secretariat) visited and worked with UD’s leaders on the preparation for the Youth Forum “Voices of the Future (VOF)” in Danang and Hoi An in the framework of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) 2017 which will take place in Da Nang City in November.
The annual APEC Voices of the Future Program is primarily governed by the APEC Voices Leadership Council, which consists of the four permanent Co-Chairs from the APEC Economies of People’s Republic of China, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore, who are joined by the ex-officio Co-Chairs from the Host Economy and the Virtual Trade Mission (VTM) Foundation International. The Co-Chairs are ABAC Members, senior business leaders and educators, while the APEC Voices Secretariat is in Singapore, hosted by the Singapore Voices program in association with the National Youth Achievement Award Council of Singapore.
Prof. Tran Van Nam exchanged ideas with Mr. James Soh
It is the hope of the APEC Voices Leadership Council that the annual APEC Voices of the Future Program continues to be an independent and self-sustaining youth leadership and educational diplomacy program within the APEC process. Up to this time, the APEC Voices of the Future Program is funded solely by the respective Voices programs and participating delegations from each APEC economy, and every member of the APEC Voices Leadership Council serves as a volunteer, receiving no compensation.
As knows, VOF will be held in Da Nang in November and expected to include many activities such as opening ceremonies, community activities, CEO-APEC meetings, cultural exchanges, etc.
At the meeting, representatives of 2017 APEC National Secretariat and UD discussed how to organize the program in the best way. Prof. Tran Van Nam – President of UD expressed his honor as UD is selected as the organizing partner of the program and commits to coordinate and support to successfully organize the VOF in Danang.
On behalf of the 2017 APEC National Secretariat, Mr. James Soh presents the APEC photo book and Prof. Tran Van Nam presents the souvenirs of UD
APEC Vietnam 2017 is the year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam, which will culminate with the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang. It marks the second time Vietnam playing the host role to the APEC, having hosted the event previously in 2006. With the general theme of APEC 2017 "CREATING NEW DYNAMISM, FOSTERING A SHARED FUTURE", VOF promises to bring opportunities to UD’s students to improve foreign language skills and cultural exchange with international friends, thereby exchanging and learning experience as well as training other soft skills.
Look back at the 2016 VOF held in Lima, Peru.