May 30, 2007
Asian shipowners want stronger voice
The Asian Shipowners' Forum is to set up a permanent secretariat in Singapore and appoint a Secretary General.
The decision was announced in a joint statement issued at the sixteenth Aian Shipowners' Forum, held in Busan, Korea, May 28-30. and hosted by the Korean Shipowners' Association.
The event was attended by 119 delegates from the shipowner associations of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and from the Federation of ASEAN Shipowners' Associations, comprising the associations of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It was chaired by Mr Jin-Bang Lee, Chairman of the Korea Shipowners' Association.
The decision to set up a permanent presence in Singapore reflects Asian shipowners' intention not only to speak out on the world shipping agenda, but to express a unified, consensual Asian shipowners' view to the international community.
The new organization is expected to be set up within the next six months, with the secretary-general to be picked in July.