KL to host meeting of Box Club

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 02 Mar 2003

JOHOR BARU: Come September, Kuala Lumpur will play host to a meeting of the prestigious Council of International Containership Owners, better known as the Box Club, an organisation handling 90% of the container business around the world.  

In announcing this yesterday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said the meeting would be an opportunity for influential ship owners to have a closer look at Malaysian ports and see the amount of effort put into making them world-class. 

He said being made the host for the first time was a recognition of the progress seen in Malaysian ports. 

The club’s meetings – in March and September every year – are usually held in the United States, Europe and China. 

Dr Ling was speaking to reporters at the Tanjung Puteri Resort here after a round of golf with China Ocean Shipping Corporation (Cosco) president and chief executive officer Wei Jia-Fu and its south-east asia chief Ji Hai-Sheng. 

Dr Ling said business between Malaysia and China was increasing and Malaysia had, in fact, overtaken Singapore to become China’s biggest trading partner in Asean. 

On Friday night, Dr Ling attended a dinner in Singapore to celebrate Cosco Investment Co Ltd’s 10th anniversary.  

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