Chief Executive meets with international maritime leaders to enhance Hong Kong’s shipping industry

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Photo shows Mr Lee (right) and Mr Arsenio Antonio Domínguez Velasco (left) at the meeting.

27th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) John Lee, the Chief Executive, held a meeting today with Mr Arsenio Antonio Domínguez Velasco, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and Mr Guy Platten, the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Also in attendance was Ms Mable Chan, the Permanent Secretary for Transport and Logistics.

During the meeting, Mr Lee extended a warm welcome to the leaders of the international maritime community and their teams visiting Hong Kong. He emphasized that as an international shipping hub, Hong Kong maintains close communication with its global maritime partners and actively participates in IMO meetings and committees to stay updated on the latest developments in global shipping and maritime affairs. Hong Kong regularly updates its local marine legislation to align with the IMO’s latest requirements and regulations. Mr Lee further highlighted the ICS’s long-standing support for the development of the maritime industry in Hong Kong, demonstrated by the establishment of its first overseas office in the city in 2019.

Highlighting Hong Kong’s significant achievements in the maritime sector, Mr Lee noted that the city ranks fourth globally in the 2023 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index Report. This ranking reflects Hong Kong’s comprehensive strengths in areas such as port conditions, maritime services, and the business environment, solidifying its reputation as a renowned international shipping centre.

Mr Lee emphasized that the country strongly supports Hong Kong’s status as an international shipping centre, as outlined in the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). He highlighted the Action Plan on Maritime and Port Development Strategy, promulgated by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government at the end of last year. This plan sets out strategies and action measures to enhance the competitiveness of the Hong Kong Port and facilitate the growth of Hong Kong’s high-value-added maritime services cluster. The HKSAR Government is committed to implementing the plan, strengthening cooperation and exchanges with other GBA cities and international maritime organizations, and injecting new momentum into Hong Kong’s maritime and port development.

The meeting concluded with a shared commitment to fostering collaboration and advancing the growth and competitiveness of Hong Kong’s shipping industry. This continued cooperation with international maritime partners is expected to further solidify Hong Kong’s position as a leading global maritime hub.