WELCOME SPEECH BY MR NIAM CHIANG MENG, CHAIRMAN OF THE MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE, AT THE APSN PORT CONNECTIVITY FORUM 2018 ON 15 NOVEMBER 2018 AT RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA, SINGAPORE

15 November 2018

APSN President, Mr. Marc-Yves Bertin, 
APSN Secretary General, Mr. Fei Weijun,
Distinguished Guests, 
Ladies and Gentlemen, 

INTRODUCTION

1. Good morning. I have just 3 points to make. 

2. First, let me warmly welcome all delegates to Singapore. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is honoured to host and co-organise this year’s APSN annual Council Meeting, held over the last two days, and today’s Forum on Port Connectivity. I was told that more than 200 international and local maritime delegates from 18 APEC economies are here with us today and that this is one of largest turnouts for the APEC Port Services Network’s (APSN) annual event. This high turnout is especially meaningful as this year also marks the 10th Anniversary of APSN. On behalf of MPA and Singapore, let me congratulate APSN for its achievements over the past 10 years. 

3. My second point: APSN has come a long way since its inception in 2008. Mooted by China under the auspices of APEC, APSN has initiated various programmes and organised workshops that have promoted the sharing of best practices and fostered greater collaboration amongst APEC member ports.

APSN’S INITIATIVES

4. One such recent initiative was the launch of the inaugural Green Port Award System or “GPAS” (pronounced as “G-Pass”) in 2016. I understand that it is the first such award in the Asia-Pacific region to recognise green sustainability efforts of ports, and represents a major milestone as it reaffirms APSN’s commitment to promote green port initiatives and at the same time motivates ports to strive towards a more sustainable port development. 

PORT CONNECTIVITY FORUM

5. Today's Forum is on Port Connectivity. International trade relies on global port connectedness to thrive and ports rely on supply chain connectedness to be efficient. Connectedness, the sharing of data, and various forms of links or collaboration, whether physical or digital, will be key to our future development. In this regard, we believe that all stand to gain by coming together to share best practices, ideas and find common areas of interest to collaborate.

6. Hence we are privileged to have with us today, industry experts and port authorities from various parts of the world to share insights on the Forum theme: “Port Connectivity: Positioning Asia-Pacific Ports for the Future”. 
7. My third and final point: Let me take this opportunity to encourage all of you to also take time off this important Forum to enjoy the sights and sounds of Singapore. Many of you are not new to Singapore but I understand there are many others who for whom this is the first time here. Do visit some of our sights or just roam the street to savour our way of life or culture and try some of our local food. For those of you who would like to contribute to our GDP by bringing back some souvenir of your stay, or wish to buy things for your loved ones, let me say you will be spoilt for choice. Let us know if you need assistance. We would be most happy to help. 

8. With that, I would like to once again congratulate APSN on its 10th anniversary and I wish everyone a fruitful Forum and a pleasant stay in Singapore.  

Thank you.


The 10th APEC Port Services Network (APSN) Port Connectivity Forum was opened by Chairman MPA, Mr Niam Chiang Meng.