During November 2016, Mark Millar convened and hosted two industry events during Hong Kong’s first ever Maritime Industry Week, which was organised to boost the city’s reputation as an international maritime centre.
The Maritime Industry Week, organised by the newly established Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (HKMPB), brought together industry practitioners for a comprehensive program of maritime-themed activities, ranging from industry briefings, seminars, conferences and corporate functions to sports and networking events.
Chairman of the HKMPB and Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, officially opened the week. At the opening ceremony, he noted that the maritime sector has always been important for Hong Kong and has evolved in tandem with the city’s development, diversifying into high value-added services.
Professor Cheung believes that the local maritime industry is well-positioned to develop, with Hong Kong fully able to grow its role as an important maritime services hub for China and the whole Asia Pacific region.
As well as supporting the marketing and promotion of the week’s program through our extensive industry networks, Mark hosted two maritime-themed industry events – an industry networking mixer and a breakfast panel discussion, both exploring future directions for Hong Kong Port.
Networking Mixer at Taboo Bar
The SCLP Networking Mixer, held on 22 November at Taboo Bar in Wanchai, featured guest speaker Ms Wai-duen Lee – one of Asia’s leading transport and logistics economists – who gave a presentation on ‘Hong Kong’s Container Port – Past, Present and Future’.
Guests had the chance to renew friendships and make new contacts with fellow industry professionals attending from the Maritime, Ports, Freight, Shipping and Logistics sectors. The networking event also attracted several international visitors who were in Hong Kong for the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference.
Breakfast Panel at the Hong Kong Club
The second maritime week event that Mark organised was a breakfast panel discussion on 24 November, exploring the question ‘How can the Port of Hong Kong enhance its competitiveness to sustain its position as the preferred global hub in Asia?’
Through his Logistics Committee at the British Chamber of Commerce, Mark convened a panel of industry experts to discuss and explore the future challenges and opportunities for Hong Kong’s container port.
Aimed at maritime industry practitioners involved in containerised ocean freight, the discussion sought views from a range of supply chain stakeholders on how the Port of Hong Kong could adapt to challenges in the global economy to ensure it retains its leadership position at the heart of world trade.
Moderated by Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor (Asia) at IHS Hong Kong, the esteemed panel included Tony Tong, Deputy Chair of the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association; Gerry Yim, Managing Director of Hongkong International Terminals; and John Garret, Head of Key Account Commercial Management at DAMCO.
Held at the prestigious Hong Kong Club and featuring a full English breakfast, the expert panel discussion attracted over fifty industry professionals and received enthusiastic feedback from many participants.
Hong Kong Maritime Industry Week also encompassed the sixth edition of the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – an event bringing together logistics and maritime services providers and users to explore business opportunities across the region. Mark’s SCLP network for supply chain & logistics professionals was appointed as an ALMC Supporting Partner, helping to promote the conference and enabling discounted access for SCLP community members.
To find out more about Hong Kong’s long-established role as a super connector and logistics mega-hub, read Mark’s recent article by clicking on the image below.