October 17, 2013, Shenzhen, The People’s Republic of China – On October 14, 2013, the Honorable Mr. Huang Min, Director General of the Transport Commission of the Shenzhen Municipality and Mr. Geoffrey Machum, Q.C., Chair of the Halifax Port Authority signed a sister port relationship agreement between the Shenzhen Port Authority and the Halifax Port Authority.
The Honorable Ms. Shi Wei, Deputy Director General of the Transport Commission of the Shenzhen Municipality hosted the ceremony and Mr. Weldon Epp, Consul General for the Canadian Consulate in Guangzhou participated as a witness for Canada.
The Shenzhen port and its four larger terminal operators – Yantian, Chiwan, Shekou and Dachan Bay – has been the world’s fourth largest container port for 10 consecutive years and China’s second largest container port for 16 consecutive years. The Shenzhen port is the main container hub for the Province of Guangdong and the Pearl River economic zone.
The purpose of the twinning agreement is to develop two-way trade to grow the shipping business for both ports as well as deepen the understanding and build relations between the two regions. With this agreement the Halifax Port Authority is joining a family of sister agreements the Shenzhen Port Authority has with the Port of Antwerp, the Port of Zeebrugge, the Hamburg Port Authority and the Port of Virginia to name a few.
While work towards the agreement was started months ago, this cooperation agreement will support the supply chain logistics and the advice His Excellency Zhang Junsai, China’s Ambassador to Canada, provided during Port Days 2013. While addressing attendees during the Chairman’s Breakfast, His Excellency discussed the growing demand in China for commodities and resources from Atlantic Canada.
During the signing ceremony Mr. Geoffrey Machum, the Chair of the Halifax Port Authority stated, “We are honoured to become associated with the vibrant future of the Port of Shenzhen and the growth of trade between the People’s Republic of China and Canada. This agreement furthers the Halifax Port Authority’s growth strategy in the development of both Asian and European trade as Canada’s Atlantic Gateway.”