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Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy Emmanuel Mallia convenes the first board meeting of ‘Malta Marittima’.
On the 7th October 2016, Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy Emmanuel Mallia convened the first board meeting of ‘Malta Marittima’. In his introductory speech, Dr Mallia praised the board members for their competence and stressed that they were chosen after ‘a lot of thought’ and meritocracy. The Minister continued that he is convinced that under the leadership of its chairman Dr Daniel Aquilina, the board will move ‘Malta Marittima’ in its right direction.
Malta Marittima Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Daniel Aquilina as the new Chairman.
Malta Marittima Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Daniel Aquilina as the new Chairman. Dr Daniel Aquilina graduated from the University of Malta as Doctor of Laws in 2001 and holds a Master’s degree in international maritime law conferred by the IMO International Maritime Law Institute. He heads GANADO Advocates' Banking Ship Finance and Aviation teams, assisting leading international banks and financial institutions involved in the financing of Maltese registered vessels and aircraft by perfecting the registration of Mortgages and Security Interests. Daniel has considerable experience in the drafting of Maltese law regulated security and has been involved in complex multi-vessel and aircraft transactions including advice relating to alternative ship finance mechanisms and structures under Maltese law. He has been involved in major Maltese ship finance deals for several years, advising major multinational and providers/arrangers of finance with loan restructuring and mortgage enforcement matters.
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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.