Xinhua News Agency, Hong Kong, November 17 (Reporter Wang Qian) "Hong Kong looks forward to working with you to create a new ecology of the global shipping industry." Li Jiachao, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR, said at the second "World Conference of Airlines" a few days ago. This was supported by industry participants who believed that we should make full use of Hong Kong's unique advantages and actively participate in building a new shipping industry ecosystem.
The second "World Shipping Conference" was held in Hong Kong from the 15th to the 16th, with the theme of "Joining Forces to Create a Future". Global guests and industry elites attending the conference discussed how to build a new global shipping ecosystem online and offline.
Hong Kong has a solid maritime tradition, and the port, shipping and maritime service industries have always supported the development of Hong Kong's trade and logistics industry. Hong Kong Port is one of the busiest container ports in the world and an important hub port in the Asia Pacific region.
"Hong Kong has a vibrant maritime cluster." Lin Shixiong, Director of the Transport and Logistics Bureau of the SAR Government, introduced at the sub forum that there are nearly 900 maritime related companies in Hong Kong that provide various high-quality maritime services, including ship ownership, ship agency and management, and ship brokerage.
The National "Fourteenth Five Year Plan" and the Outline of the Guangdong Hong Kong Macao Greater Bay Area Development Plan clearly support Hong Kong's status as an international shipping center. So far, the shipping industry has accounted for nearly 90% of Hong Kong's foreign commodity trade, and trade and logistics account for one fifth of Hong Kong's GDP.
Due to the combination of multiple factors such as the sluggish recovery of the world economy, some industry "pain points", such as the transparency of the process and the rate of scheduled transportation, have been exposed one by one. Building a new shipping industry ecosystem has become a common concern of the industry.
Miao Jianmin, Chairman of China Merchants Group, said that from the perspective of future development, scientific and technological progress and concept upgrading will restructure the new mode of shipping development. The comprehensive application of digital, networked and intelligent technologies and the accelerated promotion of the concept of ecological sharing and green low-carbon development will fundamentally change the development mode of shipping.
Zhang Songsheng, Executive Chairman of Taiping Shipping Group, Singapore, believes that the future shipping industry is not only shipping companies and terminals, but also digitalization, supply chain, etc., which requires multi sector integration and development. Hong Kong's geographical advantages, industrial advantages and talent advantages will play an important role in it.
In recent years, Hong Kong has implemented a series of measures to develop a more dynamic maritime service cluster, promote the development of the industry, and attract more enterprises to develop in Hong Kong. "This year, Hong Kong will further provide profit tax incentives for ship agents, ship managers and ship brokers." Lin Shixiong said.
For the "gold content" of Hong Kong's shipping industry, Gu Zhihao, chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, is confident. He believes that Hong Kong has the potential to become a strong advocate of smart and green shipping.
Chen Yingming, Executive Vice President of the China Ports Association, expressed the hope that Hong Kong could speed up the digital development of smart ports and shipping logistics, cultivate new models and business formats for port and shipping development, and form new momentum for development.
Yan Gang, Vice Chairman of China Merchants Harbor Group Co., Ltd., said that Hong Kong should actively participate in building a new shipping industry ecosystem. It is necessary to connect with the national development strategy, rely on the shipping resources of Guangdong Hong Kong Macao Greater Bay Area, and closely connect with the surrounding ports; On the basis of advantages, develop high value-added shipping service industry; We should take innovative science and technology as the guide, enable digital intelligence, and form a benign interaction of cooperation and sharing with other industries.