Minister for Trade Simon Crean will visit Singapore and Vietnam this week for a series of high-level meetings that will address regional issues and Australia's trade and economic interests. In Singapore, Mr Crean will attend the APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade, which he says will boost political energy going into the next Doha round of international trade negotiations. "Concluding Doha as quickly as possible would boost global economic confidence and be a key element in the international response to the global financial crisis," said Crean. "APEC can also contribute to the global economic recovery by enhancing the flow of trade and investment in our region." He added: "We should renew our commitment not to raise protectionist barriers to trade and investment, and forge ahead with our core agenda of regional economic integration and structural reform." Crean will also attend the OECD Roundtable on Sustainable Development in Singapore to discuss potential activities from an economic and trade perspective that will meet the challenge of climate change. In Vietnam, Crean will co-chair the 8th Joint Trade and Economic Cooperation Committee with the Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc to discuss key sectors in the Australia-Vietnam bilateral relationship.