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Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Unveils Vast Maritime Prospects at Global Maritime India Summit 2023

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Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Announces Summit Dates and Invites Media for GMIS 2023

Mumbai: In anticipation of the prestigious Global Maritime India Summit-2023 (GMIS-2023), the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, led by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, is set to create ripples in the maritime sector. The summit is scheduled to take place from October 17th to 19th at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, Mumbai.

Addressing the media in Mumbai, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal shared insights into the upcoming GMIS 2023, stating, “Aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘One Earth One Family One Future,’ each session of GMIS-2023 has been meticulously designed to deliberate upon pressing global maritime issues.”

“GMIS 2023 is not merely an event; it’s a manifestation of the vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat,’ offering a plethora of opportunities for Public Private Partnerships. With identified investment opportunities surpassing Rs.10 lakh crore and the potential to generate over 15 lakh job opportunities, the summit is a beacon of economic growth,” added Sonowal.

Highlighting their vision, Sonowal emphasized, “Our goal is to nurture a blue economy, fostering the development of green ports, sustainable infrastructure, cruise tourism, and attracting global investments to propel the maritime industry forward.”

The unveiling of a booklet titled “Navigating Excellence: India’s Maritime Sector” marked a significant moment in the lead-up to GMIS 2023.

Noteworthy is that the 3rd edition of GMIS is poised to surpass the scale and participation of its predecessors in 2016 and 2021. Anticipated to draw participants from over 70 countries, the summit will host senior ministers from various nations, including the UAE, South Africa, Armenia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Bangladesh, and Madagascar. Over 250 national and international speakers and CEOs are expected, participating in more than 20 thematic sessions, including 7 international roundtables and over 13 sectoral and state discussions. Deliberations are planned on regional cooperation in BIMSTEC countries, Chabahar and INSTC, Africa, Indo Pacific, Europe, and the newly launched IMEC (India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor).

Underlining the significance of GMIS, TK Ramachandran, Secretary, MoPSW, stated, “GMIS offers a wide canvas for Public-Private Partnerships in diverse maritime sectors. Focus areas include Ports of the Future, Decarbonization, Coastal Shipping and Inland Water Transport (IWT), Shipbuilding, Repair and Recycling, Finance, Insurance and Arbitration, Innovation and Technology, Maritime Safety and Security, and Maritime Tourism.”


The event witnessed the presence of Rajiv Jalota, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, adding to the anticipation and grandeur of GMIS 2023.

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