Macau and Hong Kong look to strengthen logistics cooperation

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Senior air cargo and freight forwarder figures from Macau and Hong Kong are looking to strengthen logistics ties between the two countries and are to set up a task force to make the most of opportunities on offer.

Macau International Airport Company (CAM) acting director of logistics and general aviation development department, Frank Wu and Macau Air Freight Forwarding (Logistics) Association (MAFFA) chairman, Chris Chan, paid a visit to the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA) last week.

Both sides analysed the industry, seeking cooperation opportunities, and studying the air cargo logistics development opportunities after completion of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and exchanged views in other areas.

Wu said Hong Kong and Macau are both free ports and benefit from the policy of Central Government and noted Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Bay area city group development, the Belt and Road initiative and completion of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will bring a “huge opportunity” for logistics industries.

He said that strengthening the cooperation between Hong Kong and Macau will lead the logistics development to a “win-win situation”.

CAM said Hong Kong’s positioning in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Bay area city group development as a “Super-Connector” and it continues its development as “The Super Airfreight Center”.

And CAM said Macau should act as “Precise-Connector” helping the small and medium enterprises develope business by the moderate diversification of the Macau economy and the advantage it has in being a Portuguese speaking country.

Wu said CAM is aiming to move local products in Macau to the rest of the world as well as act as a platform for promoting Portuguese speaking countries products to Mainland China.

Sullivan said it’s the first Hong Kong and Macau logistics industry cooperation meeting and  the logistics is one of the four pillar industries in Hong Kong to assist the development of financial, trade and tourism in all directions.

HAFFA said it is expecting Macau and Hong Kong Government set up a task force to plan a future logistics cooperation program to meet demand before the completion of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.