On 18 April, President Tran Dai Quang along with Vice Chairman of the National Committee for APEC 2017 Bui Thanh Son, Head of the President’s Office Dao Viet Trung and some of the city’s leaders together pressed buttons to officially start a digital clock at the roundabout of Ngo Quyen and Pham Van Dong streets, which will count down to the start of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week (AELW) in Da Nang on 6 November.
President Tran Dai Quang (middle) pressing button to start countdown to AELW 2017
The attending leaders of Da Nang were Party’s Committee Deputy Secretary Vo Cong Tri, People’s Committee Chairman Huynh Duc Tho and Vice Chairman Dang Viet Dung.
The 21.7m long and over 5m high clock features the digits which indicate the days, hours, minutes and seconds left to go.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman Dung stressed that the operation of this clock aims to publicise AELW 2017 to locals and domestic and foreign visitors, as well as to demonstrate the city’s readiness for this international-level political and economic event. He added that the city is making every efforts to ensure their best preparations for key infrastructure, accommodation establishments, high-quality human resources and security for the success of AELW 2017.
The ‘APEC Viet Nam 2017’ programme, which describes Viet Nam’s year-long hosting of APEC meetings, will culminate in the AELW 2017 in Da Nang from 6 to 11 November with the attendance of more than 15,000 high-profile delegates, including leaders of the 21 Pacific Rim member economies, official delegates, heads of the world’s largest economic groups, and about 6,000 journalists from international media agencies.