The MoU seeks to enhance cooperation in information exchange and research and development (R&D) between the two agencies, in areas such as smart port technology, maritime safety, and environmental protection.

Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the MPA and Mr Fei Weijun, President of the WTI, at the side of the MPF, signed the MoU on 11 July, in Ningbo, China.

In an increasingly challenging and uncertain environment, it is critical for the key maritime stakeholders to strengthen connectivity and share knowledge and best practices. Singapore hopes to contribute to this effort by collaborating with China in the areas of digitalisation such as electronic exchange of certificates and bills of lading to enhance port and supply chain efficiencies, and ultimately, global trade flows,

...said Ms Quah.

Ms Quah also spoke at the CMF, where she shared Singapore’s views on how digital and physical connectivity are important to bring about a more prosperous and interconnected world.

The MPF and the China Maritime Forum (CMF) takes place from 11 to 12 July 2019 in Ningbo, China, to commemorate China Maritime Day on 11 July 2019.