The 2nd China International Import Expo (CIIE ) kicked off on November 5 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech entitled “Openness and Cooperation for a Shared Future”. Later, French President Emmanuel Macron, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio, and Director-General of the WTO Roberto Azevedon made remarks respectively at the ceremony, according to Xinhua.
In their speeches, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic spoke highly of the cooperation with COSCO SHIPPING, the only company mentioned twice at the opening ceremony.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the coopreation with COSCO SHIPPING has been very successful, especially the Port of Piraeus has become the flagship project in jointly building the Belt and Road. With the concerted efforts of COSCO SHIPPING and the Greek people, Piraeus today has developed into the largest port in the Mediterranean and has resumed its position in Baltic Exchange’s list of “World’s Top 10 Hub Ports”.
Ana Brnabic, for her part, said together Serbia has joined with some other Euroepan countries in building the China-Europe Land-Sea Express Line from the Port of Piraeus to the Middle East, and promoted economic globalization with China. She extended her gratitude to many Chinese enterprises, including COSCO SHIPPING, for participating in the construction of Serbia.
External Director Mr. Xu Donggen, Chairman Capt. Xu Lirong, Director of the Board and President Fu Gangfeng, Deputy Party Secretary Sun Jiakang, Executive Vice Presidents Huang Xiaowen, Wang Haimin and Zhang Wei, and Assistant to the President Han Jun of COSCO SHIPPING attended the opening ceremony and listened to President Xi’s speech. Executives from related divisions, affiliated centers and subsidiaries were also present at the ceremony.
On the afternoon, Mr. Fu Gangfeng, Director of the Board and President of COSCO SHIPPING, attended the parallel session on “Opening-up, Regulation and Business Environment” of the Second Hongqiao International Economic Forum, and shared his views as a guest speaker.
Mr. Fu said in his speech that the world today is an open one, which requires an open attitude and open regulations. We call on policy-makers to conform to the overall direction of global development and continuously introduce institutional innovations on openness. Meanwhile, facing changes in the global economic and trade patterns over the past century, openness and cooperation are the only way for enterprises to develop and prosper. COSCO SHIPPING is ready to carry out all-round cooperation with governments and upstream and downstream enterprises in the industry chain through various channels to improve the global business infrastructure, make global trade easier, smarter, more intensive and greener and move the global economy forward.
Mr. Xu Donggen, Mr. Sun Jiakang, Mr. Huang Xiaowen, Mr. Zhang Wei, Mr. Han Jun and executives from related divisions, affiliates centers and subsidiaries also joined the forum.
On the same day, delegations of Huawei and PSA International visited COSCO SHIPPING respectively.
On the afternoon of November 5, Mr. Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei, led a delegation to COSCO SHIPPING and held talks with Chairman Capt. Xu Lirong. During the talks, the two sides exchanged views on topics such as digital transformation of enterprises and reached broad consensus.
Executives from Huawei’s Shanghai Representative Office and Shanghai Enterprise Business Department, Executive Vice President of COSCO SHPPING Wang Haimin and heads of the Technology & Information Management Division, Operating Management Division, COSCO SHIPPING Lines and COSCO SHIPPING Technology also attended the meeting.
On the afternoon of November 5, a delegation led by Mr. Tan Chong Meng , Group CEO of PSA, visited the COSCO SHIPPING headquarters and met with Chairman Capt. Xu Lirong and Executive Vice Presidents Wang Haimin and Zhang Wei. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on business cooperation.
In the presence of Capt. Xu Lirong, Mr. Tan Chong Meng and Mr. Wang Haimin, COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co., Ltd. and PSA Northeast Asia Supply Chain Pte Ltd concluded a cooperation framework agreement on the “New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor”.
Executives from the Strategy & Corporate Management Division, Operating Management Division, Public Relations Division, COSCO SHIPPING Lines, COSCO SHIPPING Ports and COSCO SHIPPING Southeast Asia were also present at the meeting.