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Hong Kong’s leader vows to bolster maritime

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, gave the opening address at the Global Maritime Forum this morning at the territory’s main cruise terminal in which she vowed to bolster the city’s maritime set-up.

Lam, the leader of the Special Administrative Region since July last year, told the 200 delegates attending the show: “We do hope to be breaking some new ground in our maritime industry in order to remain a strong force in the 21st century.”

Lam voiced concern about growing trade disputes around the world, something she warned could lead to a “trade logjam”.

Lam endorsed the impending global sulphur cap, and said she planned to get Hong Kong to enforce a 0.5% cap next year, ahead of the global implementation on January 1, 2020.

Lam is set to give her second annual policy address next week in which she hinted today that maritime measures would feature prominently.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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