Visit to Shanghai and Beijing, China
4‐8 December 2017
The Secretary for Transport and Housing and Chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (HKMPB), Mr Frank Chan Fan led a twenty-member delegation to visit Shanghai and Beijing, China from 4 December 2017 to 8 December 2017 to promote Hong Kong as an international maritime centre. The delegation comprised members of the HKMPB and representatives of the maritime industry.
During the visit, the delegation participated in the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Marintec China 2017 on 5 December. Mr Frank Chan officiated the ceremony and introduced Hong Kong's strength as an international maritime centre. The delegation also attended the Hong Kong-Shanghai Maritime Industry networking luncheon and dinner in Shanghai to promote Hong Kong's quality maritime services to the Shanghai shipping community.
The delegation also called on government authorities and maritime-related organisations, such as the Shanghai Municipal Transport Commission, Shanghai Shipping Exchange, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai International Shipping Institute and the China Ports and Harbours Association, to learn about the latest development in maritime and port industry in the Mainland and explore possible collaborations on various maritime services.
On 7 December, the delegation met with the relevant government authorities and enterprises in Beijing, including the Ministry of Transport, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission, the China Banking Regulatory Commission, the China International Economy and Trade Arbitration Commission, the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, ICBC Financial Leasing and Sinotrans & CSC Holdings Co Ltd, to exchange views on maritime-related policies, such as the Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area. The delegation also promoted Hong Kong's role as a "super-connector" and encouraged the maritime enterprises in the Mainland to set up in Hong Kong.
The delegation promoted Hong Kong's status as an international maritime centre and reinforced our relationship with the Chinese shipping community through the networking luncheon and dinner and the 11 meetings with various maritime-related organisations arranged in the five-day visit.
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