Officials call for greater co-op among APEC economies

BEIJING: Officials and experts on Thursday urged for more efforts to promote practical and substantial cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises on the framework of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, to contribute more to the global economy.
Xu Xiaolan, vice-minister of industry and information technology, called for an unwavering commitment to driving economic integration across the Asia-Pacific region while pioneering fresh avenues for the growth of SMEs.
“We should give full play to the role of the APEC mechanism. Economic entities should work together to implement the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, focusing on the priority areas for small, medium and micro enterprises in APEC,” said Xu during the opening ceremony of the 12th APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Technology Conference and Fair held in Qingdao, Shandong province, on Thursday.
“This includes stimulating the potential of these enterprises to create jobs, increasing support for young and female entrepreneurs, providing entrepreneurial guidance, financing support, training and market resources, and creating a favorable environment to promote inclusive development in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We should strongly support the specialized and innovative development of enterprises while promoting digitalization and green transformation,” Xu added.
Over 103,000 specialized and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises have been cultivated in China. They play an important role in enhancing the resilience and stability of industrial chains and supply chains, Xu added. –The Daily Mail-China Daily news exchange item