The Hong Kong Maritime Industry Council (MIC) is a high-level advisory body
chaired by the Secretary for Economic Development and Labour and is made up of
key players in the private sector and of government officials. It advises the
Government on the formulation of measures and initiatives to develop further Hong
Kong's maritime industry. It also assists the Government in promoting Hong Kong's
maritime services and Hong Kong's status as an international maritime centre.
There are two task forces under the MIC: the Human Resources Task Force
tackles education, training and manpower supply issues while the Maritime Services
Task Force deals with promoting the industry and strengthening its competitiveness.
The MIC launched a Ship Repair Training Incentive Scheme in August to ensure
that Hong Kong has a quality ship-repair workforce. The scheme provides financial
incentives to attract young people and suitable workers from other industries to join
the ship-repair sector. The council conducted shipping missions to different cities on
the Mainland, including Qingdao, Tianjin, Shanghai and Xiamen, to promote Hong
Kong's port and maritime services and to exchange views on the latest developments
in the maritime industry.