SOM3-APEC 2017: Tighter connectivity in anti-smuggling

Working groups and sub-committees of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) continued discussions during the third Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM 3) in Ho Chi Minh City.

150 delegates attended a Health Working Group meeting on reforming drug evaluation and approval, stimulating creativity, and harmonizing international standards and laws.

APEC members attended a workshop on ways to improve management under the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade by the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance.

Delegates also discussed ways to improve the Illegal Logging Prevention Working Group and its cooperation with the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group and Customs Procedure Subgroup.

A meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group discussed results of a project on rural areas, tackling natural disasters through effective infrastructure investment, and priorities in mitigating risks for a framework on risk reduction approved in 2015.

Source: VOV5