APMEN Pilot Projects Signing Ceremony and APMEN Operational Center(AOC) Partners Signing Ceremony were held at Shanghai Tower on March 16th. Mrs. Shang Yuying, Chairwoman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, and Mr. Yang Zhengwei, Deputy Director of Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs, were present and delivered keynote speeches. APEC Secretariat, China’s and Malaysia’s CTI representatives jointly attended the Signing Ceremony.
This ceremony presents the overall progress of APMEN pilot projects and AOC’s strategic partnership. Shanghai E&P International, INC, Xiamen FTZ E-Port Co., Ltd. and NSW Ports have signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) on the Pilot Project of Sea Freight Visibility. Three parties jointly discuss data exchange formats and interfaces, and explore solutions for the interconnection and data exchange of E-port systems. AOC has also signed a MoU with Dagang NeXchange Berhad (DNeX), operator of Malaysia National Single Window system. The two parties have developed extensive cooperation on the FTA Service System and data exchange of Electronic Certificate of Origin, and also discuss the way to make effective use of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA), with the objective of reducing cross-border trade costs between Chinese and Malaysian companies. At the same time, AOC has signed MoUs with China Merchants Port Holdings Co., Ltd., China (Guangdong) Pilot FTZ Nansha Area of Guangzhou and Shanghai Waigaoqiao FTZ Group Co. Ltd., interconnecting with global port resources and developing strategic cooperation on the consultancy service for trade facilitation.
In addition, APMEN has held a Workshop on the Pilot Project of Sea Freight Visibility on March 15 and the 4th AJOG Meeting on March 16.