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STH to lead HKMPB delegation to Shanghai and Beijing1 December 2017Issued at HKT 17:30

The Secretary for Transport and Housing and Chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (HKMPB), Mr Frank Chan Fan, will depart next Monday (December 4) to visit Shanghai and Beijing. He will lead a delegation comprising members of the HKMPB and representatives of the maritime industry to promote Hong Kong as an international maritime centre and its relevant maritime services.

In Shanghai, Mr Chan will attend the biennial Marintec China with the delegation and unveil the China Hong Kong Pavilion. They will meet with a number of maritime-related government authorities and organisations, including the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, the China Ports and Harbours Association, Shanghai Maritime University and the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, to learn more about Shanghai's latest maritime and port policies and directions for future development, as well as explore opportunities to enhance co-operation on manpower development. In addition, Mr Chan and the delegation will also have dinner with representatives of the China Shipowners' Association, the Shanghai Shipowners' Association, the China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Ltd to introduce and showcase Hong Kong's maritime industry and high value-added maritime services to local shipowners and enterprises.

On December 7, Mr Chan and the delegation will meet with relevant government authorities and enterprises in Beijing, including the Ministry of Transport, the China Banking Regulatory Commission, the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, the China International Economy and Trade Arbitration Commission, ICBC Leasing and Sinotrans & CSC Holdings Co Ltd, to understand the latest national maritime policies and the development of relevant maritime services such as ship finance and arbitration. They will also exchange views on Hong Kong's role as the "super-connector" for the nation and how Hong Kong's maritime industry may collaborate with the shipping sector in the Mainland to attain mutual benefits under the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area development.

Mr Chan will return to Hong Kong at night on December 8. During his absence, the Under Secretary for Transport and Housing, Dr Raymond So Wai-man, will be the Acting Secretary for Transport and Housing.