The 2017 Business Partner City (BPC) Roundtable was held in Shanghai on July 27th. The theme of this year’s BPC Roundtable, BPC’s annual seminar, is “Trade Facilitation in the Asia-Pacific Region”.
During the Roundtable, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce and APMEN Operational Center co-hosted a seminar on “Advancing Regional Trade Facilitation through APMEN” in the afternoon of the same day.
Over 50 people attended the seminar including:
• Simi Nugraha Mauludiah, Indonesia Consul-General in Shanghai
• Megan Birnie, New Zealand Consul-General in Shanghai
• Mr. Noriyasu Hara, Secretary General of Osaka Business Partner City Council
• Mr. Jacky Chung, Regional Director, Eastern & Central China of HK Trade Development Council
• Mr. Phairush Burapachaisr, Vice President of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
• Mr. Syed Mohamad Fairus, Trade Commissioner of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
• Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, Deputy Head of Department of Industry and Trade, People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City
• Mr. Kevin Louey, Chair of Prosperous City Portfolio, City of Melbourne
• HUANG Chunyan, Deputy Director of Tianjin Commission of Commerce
• HUANG Yanbo, Deputy Director of Tianjin Customs Reform Office
• ZHANG Wei, Director of Technology & Information Division, Tianjin Port Office
The seminar was hosted by JU Xinping, Executive Deputy Director of Diamond Administration of China (SCOFCOM).
SHEN Weihua, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, made opening remarks.
HUANG Feng, Director-General of APMEN Operational Center, delivered welcoming speech.
Prof. Li Li, Chief Expert of APMEN Operational Center delivered a keynote speech on “How to advance trade facilitation through promoting pilot projects by APMEN”. Prof. Li briefly introduced AOC’s essentials and objectives, displayed progresses in ongoing pilot projects and research missions, and highlighted the important role of APMEN in promoting trade facilitation.
Prof. Yao Weiqun, Principal Advisor of APMEN Expert Pool delivered a keynote speech on “An Exploration on Cross-border Data Visibility for Sea Freight in the Context of the Business Partner City”. Prof. Yao discuss the necessity of data visibility in supply chain management both at a theoretical level and at the business model level. Furthermore, he used the pilot project between Shanghai and Barcelona as a case study to exemplify the possibility of such cooperation among BPC member cities.
Business Partner City (BPC) is an economic network in the Asian-Pacific region initiated by Osaka, which now has 14 member cities from 11 economies.
So far, among the 14 member cities of BPC, 5 cities belong to APMEN member economies (Shanghai, Hong Kong of PRC, Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia, Melbourne of Australia). Hopefully through communications during this seminar, more economies or ports will join APMEN and join forces to promote trade facilitation.