Asia Boating Dialogue

The Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA) and Hong Kong Boating Industry Association (HKBIA), joint organisers of Asia Boating Dialogue 2020, have announced that Zheng Weihang, Vice Chairman of the China Cruises & Yacht Industry Association and Virginia Chuang representing the Taiwan Yachting Industry Association have confirmed their participation in the ABD2020.

The Organisers have also launched a two-tier Sponsorship Programme to garner support of the organisation and activities of the Asia Boating Dialogue as an industry collaboration. Early sign-ups include Gold Sponsor – Asian Yachting Academy and Silver Sponsors - Simpson Marine and Groupe Beneteau Asia Pacific. Next Tide Consultancy joins IBI International as Supporting Partner of the ABD2020.

The sponsorship drive is spearheaded by co-organisers SBIA and HKBIA. All interest and enquiries should be emailed to

Dates for the seminar are 22 & 29 September 2020

The ABD2020 website is now Live. To date, 70 attendees have registered from 23 countries around the world. Registration for the event is free and is now open online on the website.

Recordings of the Webinar Sessions will be available to Members of the Singapore Boating Industry Association and the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association as well as Gold and Silver Sponsors of ABD2020.

All attendees are encouraged to stay in touch by joining Asia Boating Dialogue Groups on its social media channels for the latest ABD2020 updates and open/join industry discussions:


The final line-up of presenters at this Online Event includes:

• INDIA: Aashim Mongia – Indian Marine Federation (IMF)
• SRI LANKA: Gamini Herath – Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute (BTI)
• THAILAND: Peter Jacops – Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA)
• MALAYSIA: Oh Kean Shen – Association of Marine Industries of Malaysia (AMIM)
• SINGAPORE: Darren Oh – Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA)
• INDONESIA: Robin Engel – Indonesian Marine Tourism Association (GAHAWISRI)
• HONG KONG & MACAU: Lawrence Chow – Hong Kong Boating Industry Association (HKBIA)
• CHINA (HAINAN): Stuart Hu – Sanya Central Business District Administration (SYCBDA)
• SOUTH KOREA: Dr Kim Choong-Hwan – Korea International Boat Show (KIBS)
• VIETNAM: Duong Do – Saigon Yacht & Marina JSC
• PHILIPPINES: Apa Ongpin – Federation of Philippines Marine Industries (FPMI)
• JAPAN: Kenta Inaba – Superyacht Association Japan (SAJ)
• CHINA: Zheng Weihang – China Cruise & Yacht Industry Assoication (CCYIA)
• TAIWAN: Virginia Chung – Taiwan Yacht Industry Association (TYIA)

The Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA) in collaboration with the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association (HKBIA), is organizing the Asia Boating Dialogue 2020. This Dialogue series was inaugurated in Singapore in 2015 as ICOMIA - The Asian Dialogue. It was an invitation-only event designed to engage
the Asian boating community and help it become more institutionalized and organise collective thinking. It was subsequently promoted as the Asia Boating Forum.

The Asia Boating Dialogue 2020 will run as a free-to-register webinar, in two 120-minute sessions. As previously, the event consists of country updates, followed by a Round Table Discussion. Registered viewers will also have the opportunity of submitting questions for discussion. A limited number of spots are being made available for sponsors and special interest groups.

Session One – India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,Philippines
Tuesday 22 September 2020
Time: 1600 Singapore Time / 0800 UTC+8

Session Two – China, China (Hainan focus), Hong Kong & Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan
Tuesday 29 September 2020
Time: 1600 Singapore Time / 0800 UTC+

The Programme for each Session
• Introductions/Opening Remarks
• Country Presentations
• Round Table Discussion

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