Lam Sai-hung participates in Marintec China
The Chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (HKMPB) and the Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Lam Sai-hung, continued his visit to Shanghai yesterday (Dec. 5). He led members of the HKMPB and industry representatives to participate in the Marintec China 2023, and officiated at the opening ceremony of the China Hong Kong Pavilion, showcasing Hong Kong's competence and determination to establish itself as an international maritime center.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Lam said that Hong Kong has long been recognized as one of the world's leading maritime centers. With the staunch support of the motherland, Hong Kong continues to consolidate its status as an international maritime center. The Transport and Logistics Bureau will promulgate an action plan on maritime and port development strategies within this month, with a view to enhancing high-end maritime services, facilitating the transformation towards green shipping, promoting smart initiatives and digitalization in the maritime industry, as well as strengthening exchanges and collaboration among maritime industries in the Greater Bay Area and around the world.
Lam added that it had been a four-year hiatus for the China Hong Kong Pavilion to return to Shanghai, and he expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the visit of Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Xin Guobin, and for the support of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Marine Department and various participating exhibitors for their concerted efforts in telling the good stories of Hong Kong at 2023 exhibition. Lam and the delegation also had a luncheon with Shanghai maritime trade representatives to look for further co-operation opportunities between the two cities. The delegation then met with the Vice Mayor of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government Zhang Xiaohong; the Director of the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, Yu Fulin; and the Deputy Director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce Zhang Jie, to explore ways of strengthening collaboration in the maritime industries for achieving synergistic effects and mutual benefits.
The biennial Marintec China is the largest maritime event in Asia and the second-largest in scale in the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last edition of the Marintec China was held in 2019. This year, the exhibition has attracted more than 2,000 participating companies displaying the latest products, technologies and concepts in the global shipbuilding industry. Exhibitors from Hong Kong are taking this opportunity to introduce to the global maritime community their newest products and services.
Lam will visit an automated port and related facilities today (Dec. 6) and then proceed to Hangzhou in the evening.