There was a meeting of minds yesterday when members of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board presented to the Greek shipping community in Athens and Piraeus during Posidonia 2016.
The HKMPB including members from InvestHK and the Hong Kong Trade and Development Board have hit the road to promote Hong Kong’s advantages as a maritime hub and a vital link in China’s Belt and Road initiative.
A busy itinerary included a visit to Cosco Pacific’s box terminal in Piraeus, a meeting with the Union of Greek Shipowners and a luncheon organised by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises.
HKMPB chairman and secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Cheung urged members of the local Greek maritime community to look to Hong Kong when “aspiring to extend your business operations to China and the Asia-Pacific region; Hong Kong is your trusted partner. We have a rich, century-long maritime heritage, and are now widely recognized as an international maritime centre and regional logistics hub.”
For some members of the delegation this was not a first visit to this prestigious maritime gathering. Hong Kong Government and industry personnel have been visiting Greece for a number of years, prompting Professor Cheung to claim that the links between Greece and Hong Kong are strengthening. And InvestHK chief for Transport & Industrial Benjamin Wong noted that collaboration between Hong Kong and Greek shipowners was on the rise.
A great start for the new HKMPB
As a platform for HKMPB’s mission to showcase the territory it doesn’t get much better than the biennial Posidonia event in Greece. This year’s opening played host to the prime minister of Greece Mr Alexis Tsipras, heads of states, European Union officials, Greek cabinet members, foreign maritime ministers, board members of the Union of Greek Shipowners, chairmen of international organisations as well as some 1,500 exhibitors and delegates from around the world.