On July 12-13, the Maritime Silk Road · Ocean Expo Ningbo Online was officially launched with over 80 companies participating in an online exhibition as well as a Smart Port Innovation Summit.
Zhigang Li, Deputy Secretary General of Ningbo Municipal Government, conveyed a message from Wei Hua, Executive Vice Mayor of Ningbo that the expo was a vital part of a strategy of “accelerating the construction of a strong ocean province, promoting the co-construction of Ningbo Zhoushan as a Leading Maritime Capital.”
The online Expo and Smart Port Innovation summit saw the participation officials from Singapore, the world’s second largest container port.
Quah Ley Hoon, the Chief Executive of Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said, “China and Singapore enjoy strong maritime relationship. Beyond strong collaboration between our port terminals, China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) and MPA inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2021 to promote, accept and use electronic certificates for seafarers and ships for port clearance. Thus far, we have conducted more than 10 trials on such operations, and can serve as a benchmark for other ports on e-port clearance.”
Ocean Expo Ningbo is an initiative led by Ningbo Municipal Government and Informa Markets, co-organised by China Shipowners Association and co-hosted by Ningbo Younage Exhibition Co., Ltd.
Bill Zhang, Vice President of Informa Markets (China), sees Ningbo as a natural location to hold the Ocean Expo giving opportunities for business cooperation. “We will take the opening of Ocean Expo Ningbo as an opportunity to introduce more cooperation and merger projects to promote the development of relevant industries in Ningbo,”he said.
Shouguo Zhang, Executive Vice President of China Shipowner’s Association, said they would make full use of this opportunity to enhance mutual understanding and explore cooperation opportunities to promote high-quality development of the global shipping industry.
In addition to the International Summit, Online Show Room, Meet Your Sea Friends and Online Match-making, Ocean Expo Ningbo will hold a larger offline exhibition in November 3 to 5 this year.