Lisbon, Portugal (PortSEurope) June 12, 2018 – The Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, was honored last Friday with the award “Global Ocean Ambassador”, awarded by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China.
According to the Ministry of the Sea, this is important because it is the first time that SOA names a personality worldwide, recognising the work done by the Minister of the Sea of Portugal in defense of the Oceans. The distinction of “Global Ocean Ambassador” recognises international personalities who promote important cooperation in matters related to the sea – with China and other oceanic nations – and in the development of the global cause of the Oceans.
With this distinction, SOA also praises the central role and driving force of Ana Paula Vitorino in strengthening relations between Portugal and China, for example in the establishment of the” China-Portugal Blue Partnership”, signed in 2017.
The minister visited China last week on an official visit to meet with various entities to attract new investors and strengthen relations between the two countries. In Shanghai, Vitorino met with representatives of COSCO Shipping, one of the world’s largest container shippers, and also with SIPG (Shanghai International Port Group), a Chinese state-owned company that owns Shanghai Port.
Chinese businesses are exploring a greater presence in Portugal and have been looking at Sines port. By the end of 2018, the tender for the concession of the Vasco da Gama Terminal in Sines should be issued.
Source: Transportes em Revista
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