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Saturday, July 13 2019 - 00:42
The 5th Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum commences in Ningbo, China
NINGBO, China, July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The 5th Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum (MPF), themed 
at promoting inclusive and open development, was opened in Ningbo City, east 
China's Zhejiang Province on Thursday.

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The 2-day long forum, organized by Zhejiang Seaport Group and other 
institutions, is a parallel forum for the China Maritime Forum 2019, an event 
launched to mark the Maritime Day of China on July 11, and is guided by China's 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transport and the People's Government 
of Zhejiang Province.

Xu Zuyuan, former vice minister of China's Ministry of Transport and Maritime 
Ambassador of International Maritime Organization (IMO), said the world is 
undergoing profound changes and adjustments. By co-building a platform and 
sharing fruits of cooperation and co-development, countries and regions 
alongside the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road will embrace joint development of 
their ports and shipping businesses.

After five years of joint efforts, the MPF has now served as an important 
platform for promoting cooperation and communication among ports and shipping 
businesses around the world, added Xu.

In the past five years, global ports industry has achieved remarkable 
development amid energy consumption transformation, data exchanges, morality, 
governance, security and energy efficiency challenges, said Santiago Garcia 
Mila, president of International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

Guo Xuejun, deputy director general of the Department of International Economic 
Affairs of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the 21st Century Maritime 
Silk Road is an inherent part of co-building the Belt and Road. To construct 
the maritime silk road, joint efforts are needed in five aspects including 
promoting marine interconnectivity, developing green Silk Road, exploring 
innovation, upholding open world economy and strengthening international 
cooperation together with the establishment of the blue partnership.

According to the 2018 global port development report, nine Chinese ports 
including the Guangzhou Port, Ningbo-Zhoushan Port and Tianjin Port all ranked 
among the world top 20 ports with even higher rankings than 2017 in 2018 
despite general slower growth in container throughput worldwide.

Since 2015, the MPF has been convened for five consecutive years. In April, the 
Ningbo Initiative, as an outcome of the 2018 MPF, was included in the List of 
Deliverables of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. 

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SOURCE: Zhejiang Seaport Group

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