Malta Maritime News
The Pingtan International Forum on Island Conservation and Development, 2016
Located on an island off Fujian’s coast and facing the Taiwan Strait to the east, Pingtan has a total population of 400,000 and covers a land area of 392.92sqkm and a sea area of 6,064sqkm. Its main island, with an area of 324.13sqkm, is Fujian’s largest and China’s fifth largest island. It has plenty of fine harbours and a long deep-water coastline; it is also rich in natural resources. The main island, with an area of 160sqkm for development, has great opportunity and potential for extensive development. Pingtan is the closest region on the Chinese Mainland to Taiwan Island and therefore enjoys unique and distinctive advantages in pioneering cross-strait exchange and cooperation.
In July 2009, the Fujian Provincial Committee, CPC, and the Fujian Provincial Government decided to establish Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone according to “Opinions of the State Council on Supporting Fujian Province to Accelerate the Establishment of the Western Taiwan Strait Economic Zone” and granted the Zone the economic management authority at municipal and provincial level.
The evolutionary history of Pingtan Island is closely connected to the sea. Island subsistence, the maritime ‘Silk Road’ and coastal defence culture has long-lasting impacts on folk traditions and customs for thousands of years. The area has great potential for maritime industries.
Maritime Minister Mallia delivers a speech during presentation of the new routes by SMS Group
Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy Emmanuel Mallia spoke during the official welcome of Tirennia CIN’s return to the Maltese market. A number of new routes were presented by SMS group which will open up new cargo lines and also made Malta more competitive.
Minister Mallia’s speech: “The seas and oceans have been increasingly regarded as the drivers for the European economy, offering the potential for innovation and growth. I quote Commissioner Vella’s statement at this year’s European Maritime Days that “a strong, blue economy doesn’t claim there is just one recipe for success. We call on innovation, on learning from one another, and adopting other approaches to our own specific context”. As the recently appointed minister responsible for the Integrated Maritime Policy and blue growth, it gives me great pleasure to recognise such an economic initiative. I strongly believe that this business venture is doing just that; establishing further cooperation and coordination at the regional level to tap into the full potential of the blue economy.
Setting sail at the European Maritime Days
Malta Marittima had the pleasure of participating at this year’s European Maritime Day conference held in Turku, Finland on 18 and 19 May 2016 – both as an exhibitor in the Networking Village and as a speaker at the ‘Delivering blue growth through Intervision’ workshop. The conference provided a buzzing environment wherein stakeholders in the maritime community had the opportunity to share their experience and participate in lively debates on the blue economy.
Invitation to the EMD workshop - Delivering Blue Growth through InterVision
This Blue Growth InterVision workshop is about sustainable economic strategies through cooperative learning. Participants are invited to help one of five case-holders to explore with them pathways foreword in their Blue Growth challenge. InterVision is the workshop method. It will be introduced quickly after which you can bring it into practice. Your assistance and experience is sought by our case-holders: the Malta National Agency, Netherlands’ scientific institutes, Ocean Energy Europe, the VASAB community and Cultural Heritage Netherlands. The workshop is organized by the Dutch Presidency with the support of her TRIO partner Malta.
18 May 2016 at the European Maritime Days in Turku,
Room LOGI3, 13.30 – 15.00 hrs.