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World Shipping Summit 2015 held in Guangzhou
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Focus on the initiative of One Belt and One Road under global shipping opportunities and challenges and exploring new momentum of the development of shipping industry, the World Shipping Summit 2015 is grandly held in Guangzhou City from 5 to 6 November 2015. Mr. Ma Zehua, Chairman of the Board and Secretary of the Party Committee of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, first made welcome speech on behalf of the conference organizers. Following him, Mr. Chen Hongxian, Chairman of Guangzhou Port, Mr. Wang Jinfu, Chief Safety Inspector of the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Chen Jianhua, Mayor of Guangzhou Municipal People's Government, addressed the annual meeting. The Summit attracts nearly 800 delegates from the industry of international shipping, railways, logistics, shipbuilding, financial, steel, equipment manufacturing industries, etc. Mr. Sun Jiakang, Executive Vice President, Member of the Party Committee, General Counsel and Board Secretary of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, presided over the opening ceremony.

Following the footprints of eleven annually convened summits from 2004 to 2014, the

World Shipping Summit 2015 is announced to take place in Guangzhou again, an important port city serving for China's booming international trade and for the origin of the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road". The meeting will last two days this year, the theme is “Belt & Road” Initiative and Shipping. One Belt and One Road is the shortened form of Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. The construction of One Belt and One Road was proposed in September 2013 and October respectively by the Chinese President Xi Jinping. In March this year, the Chinese government has made and issued the Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

One Belt and One Road is the concept and initiative of cooperative development, which not only brings new opportunity for the development of international shipping but more profound influence on the long-term strategic pattern of the industry.

Accelerating the building of the Belt and Road can help promote the economic prosperity of the countries along the Belt and Road and regional economic cooperation, strengthening exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations, and promoting world peace and development, is a great undertaking that will benefit people around the world.

The Summit is jointly organized by COSCO, Drewry, Maritime China and Journal of Commerce. The Baltic International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the Baltic Exchange, International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) continue acting as the honorary organizers of the event. With the focus on the shipping related opportunities and challenges arising from the Belt and Road Initiative, the Summit is expected to provide a high-level platform for the discussion of the new role of shipping in a rapidly changing global scenario.

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