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Sea Asia to receive Presidential opening

Sea Asia to receive Presidential opening

Singapore: His Excellency Mr S. R. Nathan (pictured), President of the Republic of Singapore, is to officially inaugurate the new exhibition and conference event Sea Asia on Monday 2 April at noon. The President will be given a guided tour of the Seatrade and Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) co-sponsored event at Suntec Singapore, 2-4 April this year, which showcases maritime industries across Asia.

President Nathan's almost unprecedented patronage of a first time event reflects the strong support that the host country is giving Sea Asia. The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and PSA Singapore have been actively endorsing the event which will boast four halls, over 300 exhibitor companies and is likely to feature more than 10 organised country groups or pavilions.

As a business platform, in the form of both an exhibition and a conference, the appeal of Sea Asia to many lies in its unique theme: new maritime horizons for the region. The issue at the heart of this theme, The Voice of Asian Shipping, dominates Sea Asia's heavyweight conference programme.

SS Teo, Pacific International Lines md, said, "We have an exciting year looking ahead. The highlight will be Sea Asia 2007 with its focus on The Asian Voice in World Shipping. As 40% of the world's fleet is currently owned by Asian groups, we believe that it is timely to stress the importance of Asian maritime influence and raise the Asian voice in a global arena."

The event has already secured over 40 leading speakers from 11 maritime centres. Among top names discussing the keynote issues will be COSCON md Sun Jia Kang; NYK line smd Captain T Manj; Spyros Polemis Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping and President, International Shipping Federation; and Alberto Aleman Zubieta, Director/Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority.

There will also be many representatives from high profile companies speaking at the other sessions such as the charterers forum, a meeting on Finance for Asian Shipping addressing both debt and equity finance, and a full 'Technical Day' on Tuesday 3 April packed with workshops and interactive round-table discussions on the implications of new advances in technology and the latest regulations and requirements. Sea Asia is also to host an array of third party meetings and functions.

Full details of Sea Asia's programme of events can be found online at  [19/01/07]