WELCOME REMARKS BY MR LAM YI YOUNG, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE, AT THE MARITIME PUBLIC LEADERS PROGRAMME WELCOME RECEPTION, AT THE PINNACLE, PSA BUILDING ON WEDNESDAY, 20 JULY 2011, AT 6.30PM

20 July 2011

Mr. Choi Shing Kwok, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport

Professor Lo. Yat-Man Edmond, Chair of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU

Participants of the Inaugural Maritime Public Leaders' Programme

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 

Good evening.
 

I am very pleased that you are all able to join us today as we mark the start of the inaugural Maritime Public Leaders Programme, or MPLP for short. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the MPLP participants and a special welcome to those who joined us from our partner maritime administrations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. In total, we have 17 participants from 11 countries attending the inaugural MPLP.

This one-and-a-half-week programme is organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, or MPA, in collaboration with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is also an initiative under the umbrella of the new Singapore Maritime Institute, and we hope that this programme will also help to develop Singapore as a centre for maritime education and training.

The programme was conceived to provide a platform for leaders from maritime administrations across the world and industry representatives to interact and exchange ideas with each other. Spanning a wide spectrum of topics, the MPLP aims to strike a balance between both maritime-related and public administration topics.

The speakers we have lined up for the programme include those from NTU, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policies, MPA and overseas institutions have an abundance of knowledge and experience in their respective fields. In addition, participants will also be brought to visit some of our facilities like MPA's port operations control centre, port terminals as well as our urban planning centre to learn more about how we do things here to supplement the lectures and the learning in the classroom.

Considering the intensity of the programme, we had to make time for participants to relax. We will be organising a trip to the Night Safari, which is a Singapore icon and the world's first wildlife park for nocturnal animals, will certainly allow you to unwind after a long day of lectures and site visits.

I hope you find the MPLP to be relevant and enriching. I wish you a very fruitful learning journey and a memorable stay in Singapore.

Thank you.