On July 20th, a delegation led by Capt. Xu Lirong, Chairman and Party Secretary of COSCO SHIPPING, and Mr. Wan Min, Director of the Board and President of COSCO SHIPPING met in Wuhan with Mr. Jiang Chaoliang, Secretary of Hubei Provincial Party Committee, and Mr. Wang Xiaodong, Deputy Secretary of Hubei Provincial Party Committee and Governor of Hubei Province.
Mr. Jiang Chaoliang and Mr. Wang Xiaodong extended a warm welcome to the delegation, and conveyed deep gratitude to COSCO SHIPPING for its contributions to the development of Hubei province. They said that Hubei province experienced a period of strategic opportunities featuring “great openness and development”, along with the implementation of a series of strategies, including the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the Urban Agglomeration in the Middle Reaches of the Yangtze River, and the Rise of Central China, as well as the continuous promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative. The strategic cooperation agreement signed between COSCO SHIPPING and Wuhan aims to jointly advance the development of Wuhan into a shipping hub in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, and fully embodies the strategic vision of COSCO SHIPPING. It will also be beneficial to Hubei to embark on a new journey in “forging ahead and playing a pivotal role”. They also hoped that COSCO SHIPPING would increase its investment in Hubei province and establish close strategic partnership with the province to seek common development.
Capt. Xu Lirong emphasized the prominent industrial, transportation and human resource advantages of Hubei province in China’s overall development landscape. He said that COSCO SHIPPING would give play to its own advantages to continuously expand the near-sea and river-to-sea direct routes in order to expedite the development of modern logistics industry and deepen bilateral cooperation.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Liang Weinian, Member of the Standing Committee of Hubei Provincial Party Committee and Secretary General of Hubei Provincial Party Committee, Mr. Zhou Xianwang, Vice Governor of Hubei Province, Mr. Wan Yong, Mayor of Wuhan Municipality, Mr. Bie Bixiong, Member of the Party Committee of the People’s Government of Hubei Province, Mr. Han Jun, Assistant to the President of COSCO SHIPPING, as well as heads of the relevant divisions of the Group.