Posted on: 5 April 2017
This March saw a high-profile delegation of 27 British maritime related companies visit Shanghai to showcase their services and establish new partnerships. Organised by Maritime UK and Maritime London in partnership with the Department for International Trade, the programme featured a well attended seminar The Golden Era: Opportunities for Sino-UK Maritime Trade & Investment.
International Trade Minister Mark Garnier and Shipping Minister John Hayes led the group which included a visit onboard Queen Mary 2, which was making her second visit to Shanghai and promoting UK excellence in the maritime industry,
“The UK’s maritime industry is world-leading, generating an impressive £22 billion for our economy. China has ambitious plans to develop its marine sector and UK businesses have the skills, expertise, people and infrastructure to help them achieve their objectives,” Garnier said.
The Department for International Trade is now working with Maritime UK and the Pudong New Area government to identify new maritime trade and investment opportunities for both the UK and China. UK companies are also working with their Chinese counterparts to deliver Belt and Road Initiative projects in other countries.
“As the UK leaves the EU, we are determined to take advantage of the opportunities opening up and will work with our thriving marine sector to develop stronger trade links with China and secure our place as a global trading nation,” Garnier added.
David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK noted:
“The UK and China are two of the world’s leading maritime and trading powers, and our mission is designed to further strengthen relations between our two countries.”