Sarbananda Sonowal raises the curtain on the Global Maritime India Summit 2023 Maritime India News

MUMBAI: The Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush launched the curtain Global Maritime India Summit (GIMS), 2023 in Mumbai on Tuesday 18 July. The aim of the event is to unlock potential for new investment opportunities and knowledge and technology collaborations to enhance trade collaboration and promote Ease of Doing Business (EODB). The event took part Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping, Waterways and Tourism, Shri Shripad Naik among other.

As Shri Sonowal lifted the curtain on the upcoming Global Maritime India Summit 2023, he emphasized the crucial role of the maritime sector in India’s economic progress and the potential it holds for the Asia Pacific region. “India can lead from the front” said Sonowal. He added that India’s maritime sector is primed for growth due to proactive government policies in ports, shipping and inland waterways.

The minister said: “The enormous potential of the Indian marine sector can play a significant and crucial role in elevating the economic cycle towards an Atmanirbhar Bharat by 2047 – a vision of our momentum.” Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi yeah As a major driver of India’s maritime sector, our ministry organized the Global Maritime India Summit to capitalize on the huge potential of India’s rich maritime sector. With identified investment opportunities of more than 10 lakh crores in the country’s maritime sector, we are on the cusp of a major economic boom that can create employment opportunities for more than 15 lakhs of young people in India. This summit was designed to explore and examine the riches of India’s blue economy. We hope that the best minds in the maritime sector will use their goodwill, intention, intelligence and skills to create a roadmap for sustainable development of the maritime sector and our country.”

Shri Sonowal further added: “We invite all maritime stakeholders in India and globally to participate in these investment opportunities. Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, India is at the forefront of promoting regional trade within the BIMSTEC region and is playing a prominent role in the development of various regional projects. India is actively pursuing the establishment of 5,000 km of transnational waterways, a significant initiative that will effectively facilitate trade and transport across the region.”

The launch event aims to create a global forum of thought leaders and industry leaders from the maritime sector to capitalize on the immense potential of the blue economy and chart a roadmap to unlocking value by creating investment opportunities in the maritime sector of India. The forum provides a platform for startups, researchers, incubators and innovators to showcase their technology and expertise. GMIS, 2023 focuses on ports of the future; decarbonization; coastal shipping and inland shipping; shipbuilding, repair and recycling; finance, insurance and arbitration; Innovation & Technology; Maritime security and maritime tourism.

The Union Minister said: “India stands firm in its commitment to developing environmentally responsible shipping solutions. Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji, India proudly ranks second in global recycling, with a clear aim to rise to the top over the next two decades. To advance this vision, we plan to introduce carbon-neutral alternatives and encourage the use of battery-powered vehicles and equipment in our major ports. With an extensive coastline and over 200 ports, India holds a strategic position in world trade. The country has made impressive strides through transformative initiatives such as Sagarmala and the Prime Minister’s Gati Shakti National Masterplan, which have modernized port infrastructure, improved connectivity and facilitated port-led industrialization.”

speak occasionallyShri Sripad Naik, called, “The Global Maritime India Summit 2023 represents a crucial milestone in our efforts to position India as a global maritime hub. Through joint discussions and strategic partnerships, we aim to propel our maritime sector towards sustainable growth, supported by innovation and cutting-edge technology.”

Shri Rajiv Jalota, Chairman of the Indian Ports Association and the Mumbai Port Authority; Shri Rajesh Kumar Sinha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; Shri Bhushan Kumar, Joint Secretary (SM), Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; Shri Rajesh Tandon, CEO, Foreign Owner Representative, Ship Managers Association; Shri Anil Devli, CEO, Indian National Shipowners Association; Shri Dhruv Kotak, Chairman, Ports and Shipping, FICCI Transport Infrastructure Committee and MD, JM Baxi Group, along with Shri Shailesh Pathak, Secretary General, FICCI also spoke on this occasion.

The kick-off concluded with the unveiling of the official GMIS 2023 brochure and the launch of the event’s website and mobile app, which will provide a comprehensive overview of the Summit’s agenda and thematic sessions and will serve as essential resources for attendees.

About the Global Maritime India Summit (GMIS), 2023:
GMIS 2023 is a premier event focused on the maritime sector, bringing together key industry figures to explore opportunities, understand challenges and stimulate investment in India’s maritime sector. Building on the legacy of previous editions, this third edition aims to provide broader perspectives for domestic and international maritime stakeholders and investors. The Maritime India Summit is poised to make its presence felt on the global stage and shine the spotlight on India’s maritime industry. This year it has now evolved into the “Global” Maritime India Summit. The summit is scheduled for 17-19 October 2023 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi with FICCI as the exclusive industry partner.

For more details on the Global Maritime India Summit 2023, including a full agenda and registration details, visit the official website at

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