MSRS 8th Anniversary Celebration and BRI Oriental Pearl Boat Tour
The Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS) organized the “8th Anniversary of the MSRS and BRI Oriental Pearl Boat Tour” today (14 October) to celebrate its 8th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the “Belt and Road” Initiative.
Over 300 people joined the boat tour. Officiating guests included Ms Eunice Yung, LegCo Member and Vice-chair of Youth Opportunities Committee of MSRS; Mr Nicholas Ho, Commissioner for Belt and Road, Belt and Road Office, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau; Prof Lau Chi Pang, LegCo Member and Associate Vice-President of Lingnan University; Mr Suen Kwok Lam, representative of Dr Peter Lee, Honorary President of MSRS and Chair of Youth Opportunities Committee.
Other participants included MSRS office bearers, Mr Lam Kwong Siu and Mr Wong Yam Yin; Mrs Annie Ma, Council Member of Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club; Mr Zhu Jintao, representative of Hong Kong & Macau Affairs Office Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Ms Queenie On, representative of Euroterra Capital; MSRS members, representatives of the host organizations and institutions of the summer internship programme, participants in the “Quanzhou – Maritime Silk Road Exploration” tour; secondary school and university students and teachers; members of Po Leung Kuk Tin Ka Ping Harmony Land for Families and ethnic minorities of the New Home Association.
The event commenced with the anniversary celebration of MSRS featuring Ms Eunice Yung’s welcoming remarks. She highlighted that it was the first time for MSRS to hold an anniversary ceremony onboard in the Victoria Harbour. She recalled the work of MSRS over the past year, such as the Belt and Road 10th Anniversary Forum “Brave New World” co-organized by MSRS, Silk Road Economic Development Research Center and One Belt One Road Research Institute of the Hong Kong Chu Hai College in April; the “Quanzhou – Maritime Silk Road Exploration” tour with over 120 teachers and students led by MSRS Co-chair Mrs Regina Ip and Prof Lau Chi Pang; “Operation Zhang Qian” internship programme in which five interns completed the programme in Guangxi, Athens, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong; and the "B&R and Guizhou" Technological and Cultural Exploration to held in late December.
At the ceremony, Mr Nicholas Ho and Prof Lau Chi Pang addressed the participants respectively.
During the “Operation Zhang Qian 2023” sharing session, four of the interns shared their experience on their internship.
In the “Quanzhou – Maritime Silk Road Exploration” sharing session, 12 winners of Outstanding Report Awards shared what they have learned in the Quanzhou trip.
After the ceremony, the Oriental Pearl boat departed from Hung Hom South Pier. Dr Peter Wong, archaeologist and cultural heritage consultant, hosted “The Belt and Road” Victoria Harbour cultural guided tour, telling stories related to antiquities and monuments along Hong Kong’s coastline.
At noon, participants enjoyed a sumptuous buffet lunch followed by the “Belt and Road” workshop, a quiz and a lucky draw.
Participating organizations of Operation Zhang Qian 2023 included China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited, China Resources, Citybus Limited, Euroterra Capital, Hong Kong Airlines Limited, Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, iASPEC Services Limited, Jardine Matheson Limited, K. Wah Construction Materials (HK) Co., Limited, Lan Kwai Fong Group – Andara Resort & Villas Co., Ltd. and Roborn Technology Limited.
Participating institutions of Operation Zhang Qian 2023 included City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong, and Vocational Training Council.
1. Welcoming remarks by Ms Eunice Yung
2. Speech by Mr Nicholas Ho
3. Remarks by Prof Lau Chi Pang
4. Toasting ceremony
5. Group photo of MSRS officiating guests, “Operation Zhang Qian 2023” host organizations, participating institutions, and interns
6. Presentation of the “Quanzhou – Maritime Silk Road Exploration” Outstanding Report Awards
7. Group photo of MSRS officiating guests, representatives of participating organizations and institutions, interns and “Quanzhou – Maritime Silk Road Exploration” award winners
8. “The Belt and Road” Victoria Harbour cultural guided tour hosted by Dr Peter Wong
9. Lucky draw