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The conference, themed “Vision toward 2030: Promoting Stronger Partnerships between Government and Co-operative in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, offers chances for the cooperative sector, Governments of countries in the region and international organizations to understand more about Vietnam’s socio-economic development in general and the cooperative movement in particular.

It will highlight the ways in which cooperatives are contributing to achieving the SDGs; explore ways to strengthen partnerships between Governments and Co-operatives; and draw a road map toward realizing the potential of co-operatives in sustainable development.

At the event, representatives will focus their discussions on issues including food security, new approach to cooperatives with renovation and innovation and engagement of cooperatives in the region and the world, among others.

The previous Asia-Pacific Ministers’ Conference was hosted by Thailand on February 27th-29th in 2012.

In celebration of the event, the VCA will host and coordinate with ministries, branches and enterprises to organize a fair on agricultural products, small scale industry of cooperatives and cooperative alliances from April 18th-24th, at Thong Nhat Park, Hanoi.

The fair includes more than 250 booths of cooperatives, cooperative alliances, Vietnamese enterprises and some countries in the region, to promote the brand of agriculture, forestry, fishery products, fresh fruits, arts and handicrafts of Vietnam./.