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World Economic Forum on Asean to discuss five key topics

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A logo of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is seen as people attend the WEF annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 24, 2018. Reuters

HANOI (Xinhua) – During upcoming World Economic Forum on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) slated for September 11-13 in Vietnam’s capital, 1,000 delegates from 43 countries and regions will focus their discussions on five key topics, organizers said on Thursday.

The key contents include defining new vision for the Asean on regional integration, seeking new economic models and governance in the digital era, finding new business models and driving forces for Asean countries, enterprises’ new approach to regional and global governance, and developing smart infrastructure, skill training, business startups and innovations, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and head of the event’s organizing board told a press conference.

The forum’s theme “Asean 4.0: Entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” has shown the common interest of the Asean as well as the world, since it is relevant to the Asean’s theme for 2018, a resilient and innovative Asean, he said.

Among the delegates are prime ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, presidents of Indonesia and the Philippines, and Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

The forum’s attendance is very strong, with the presence of not only leaders of governments and businesses from ASEAN members, but also leaders of international organizations, and senior officials and entrepreneurs from non-ASEAN countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and India, head of Asia-Pacific, member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum Justin Wood told reporters.

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