Antwerp delegation is visiting Shanghai
From 10 until 17 December 2016, a delegation of Antwerp entrepreneurs and researchers is visiting Seoul and Shanghai as part of a trade mission. The mission is led by Antwerp’s mayor, Bart de Wever. Today an invest seminar titled “Antwerp, a great port city in Europe where innovation meets business” took place in Shanghai.
In 2014, the Ports of Shanghai and Antwerp signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which they committed to set up more training programmes for maritime professionals. Shanghai recognises Antwerp’s maritime knowledge and expertise, in areas such as port management, establishing connections with the hinterland and developing logistics concepts. Since then APEC, the Antwerp Port Training Centre has already trained 3,800 Chinese professionals.
Today the ties between Shanghai and Antwerp have been further strengthened. In 2015, a partnership was established with Shanghai Maritime University. Every year, four of its Master students receive a Port of Antwerp Maritime Award.
In recent decades, Antwerp’s port has become much more famous in China, which, in turn, has led to a significant increase of the traffic between both countries.