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ASF pledges to make Asian voice stronger

ASF pledges to make Asian voice stronger

Boao: The 17th Asian Shipowners' Forum (ASF) was held in Boao, China (pictured) from 2nd to 4th June 2008. The meeting was attended by 132 delegates from the Shipowner Associations of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and from the Federation of ASEAN Shipowners' Associations, which comprises the Shipowner Associations of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Forum was chaired by Mr. Wei Jiafu, Chairman of the China Shipowners' Association. A dialogue meeting with the Chief Executives of the international shipping associations that make up the Round Table, took place after the Forum meeting.
'Asian shipowners are major players in every aspect of world shipping; in consequence, the Forum reaffirmed that on the essential issues that affect global shipping, Asian shipowners must increasingly express their views to the international community in a coordinated and consensual manner in order to enhance and strengthen the ASF's stature in the shipping industry,' the assembled delegates said in a statement. The ASF also reaffirmed that, in order to reflect Asian shipowners' views in deliberations at international fora including the IMO, it would encourage its member associations to clearly present the ASF views to their respective governments.  [4/6/08]

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