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Logistics Awards Hong Kong 2006 invites submission

Logistics sector showing solidarity. Hong Kong Trade Development Council Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip, senior executives of key associations of the logistics sector and representatives from winning companies of last year's Logistics Awards attended the press conference of Logistics Awards Hong Kong 2006.

For the first time, the Central Government has included Hong Kong in the latest Five-year Economic Plan, supporting Hong Kong in the further development of its logistics, finance, tourism and services industries in the next five years. Amid tough competition and challenges from neighbouring cities and other logistics centres in the region, Hong Kong's logistics sector is boosting the efficiency of its high value-added service to raise our competitiveness as a regional distribution centre and international logistics hub.

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics, the Hong Kong Logistics Association, and the Hong Kong Productivity Council for the second year, the Logistics Awards Hong Kong aims at encouraging logistics sector to raise professional standards, boost new technology and provide high quality solutions to clients, in a bid to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong's logistics sector.

TDC Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip said at the press conference today (June 13) that the Awards promote positive competition among companies in the logistics sector.

"Companies as a whole can raise their professional standard and boost business performance through learning from creative services and distinctive solutions offered by winning companies,'' noted Mr Yip, adding that "by raising the overall competitiveness of the HK logistics sector, HK can enhance its status as a regional distribution centre and international logistics hub.

Mr Yip added that HK, a well-developed international logistics hub, could work effectively with mainland's various emerging distribution centres in different regions through better cooperation.

"Mainland's logistics sector is developing rapidly and of course that leads to intensified competition with HK counterparts. Yet, it is not a zero sum game," said Mr Yip.

"The vastness of mainland territory will require a number of logistics distribution centres to serve the various regions. These regional distribution centres will not marginalise Hong Kong but may even bring new clients to the SAR by utilising HK's massive international network," he explained.

On top of high efficiency and diversified international network, the local logistics sector is working closely with the government to reduce operation cost in a bid to boost competitiveness, he added.

New award categories are added to recognise outstanding logistics companies of different scale: small, medium and large.

"Besides large logistics companies, in fact there are many small to medium sized service providers who are dedicated to offering flexible solutions to their customers," Mr Yip said.

Apart from third party logistics (3PL) players, a new category, HK In-house Logistics Management Award, is added to recognise the performance of in-house logistics operations within an organisation including manufacturers, department stores, supermarkets and trading firms.

Application submission deadline is on September 1, 2006. Awards Presentation Ceremony is scheduled on November 21, 2006.

In the coming months, TDC will continue to organise roadshows in the Mainland (Urumqi, Yili, Tianjin, Qingdao and Guangzhou) and overseas (Budapest in Hungary, Canada, USA, Netherlands and Germany) to promote Hong Kong as Asia's regional distribution centre and the logistics hub for global corporations.

With a major contribution of 5.3% to the GDP, logistics has been regarded as one of the four key industries in Hong Kong, employing 200,000 people (6% of HK's working population).

Awards
Categories
Company -
1) Service & Technology Innovation Award
2) People Development Award
3) Hong Kong Logistics Award for Small-sized Enterprise(1)
4) Hong Kong Logistics Award for Medium-sized Enterprise(2)
5) Hong Kong Logistics Award for Enterprise(3)
6) Hong Kong In-house Logistics Management Award(4)
Individual -
1) Outstanding Achievement Award(5)
2) Young Logistician of the Year Award(6)

Related link: www.tdctrade.com/lahk2006

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