Singapore charts growth plans through to 2030

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has established the International Maritime Centre 2030 (IMC 2030) advisory committee to chart the future directions of Singapore’s IMC.

Andreas Sohmen-Pao, chairman of BW Group, has been appointed as the chairman of this committee.

“As part of its work, the committee would review Singapore’s IMC development strategy and identify new growth areas to enhance Singapore’s long-term competitiveness and value proposition as an IMC,” MPA said in a release today.

In 2000, there were only about 20 international shipping groups with origins from countries including China, Denmark and Norway which had offices in Singapore. Today, Singapore has one of the highest concentrations of international shipping groups; and is home to more than 130 international shipping groups as well as leading players in shipmanagement, finance, broking, insurance, law and arbitration.

“The rapidly evolving global economic environment poses both opportunities and challenges for Singapore’s development as an IMC,” MPA noted. “Emerging trends in the maritime and logistics sectors such as smart ships and ports, data analytics, digital platforms and other new technologies are disrupting traditional business models and creating new value chains. To be better positioned for future growth, Singapore would need to stay nimble and adapt to new industry paradigms.”

Sohmen-Pao commented: “We will propose strategies for a more vibrant and competitive Singapore IMC.”


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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