Roadshow in Varanasi to set the vision for upcoming Global Maritime India Summit 2023

Varanasi, 24 September 2023 – The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) announces a roadshow in Varanasi, paving the way for the highly anticipated 3rd Global Maritime India Summit 2023 (GMIS). The event scheduled on 25th September 2023 at the Trade Facilitation Centre in Varanasi will bring together government officials, bureaucrats, industry players to discuss and deliberate on various facets of maritime infrastructure, trade, and development.

The Hon’ble Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways & Ministry of Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, will grace the occasion, joined by representatives from Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Anchored by the Inland Waterways Authority of India, the Varanasi roadshow will be a platform to explore the maritime sector’s growth, foster collaboration, and unlock opportunities for stakeholders in this vital sector. The event is also expected to witness esteemed presence of Shri Prakash Jwala, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure & Transport, Nepal; Shri Daya Shankar Singh, Minister of Transport, Government of Uttar Pradesh; Shri Lakko Venkateshwarlu, Principal Secretary, Transport, Government of Uttar Pradesh; Shri Kripa Nand Jha, Secretary (Transport), Government of Jharkhand; Dr. Saumitra Mohan, IAS, Secretary (Transport), Government of West Bengal; and Shri Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, IAS, Secretary (Transport), Govt. of Bihar.

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, the Hon’ble Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways & Ministry of Ayush expressed his enthusiasm for the roadshow by stating “With an unwavering commitment to fortify our logistics framework and the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is poised for remarkable transformation.”

He further added, “Our focus on waterways, from the Gati Shakti Initiative to the ambitious Jal Marg Vikas Project, signifies a resolute dedication to unlocking the vast potential of our maritime sector. This transformative era is not only about strengthening our industry but also about embracing sustainability and environmental stewardship. The Global Maritime India Summit 2023 is where these aspirations will converge, partnerships will flourish, and our shared vision will materialize.”

Shri Sanjay Bandopadhyay, IWAI Chairman, stated, “As we look ahead to the Global Maritime India Summit 2023, we envision a future where waterways are not just lifelines but also the catalysts for sustainable growth, innovation, and prosperity. Our commitment to harnessing the potential of waterways goes beyond mere trade; it is about building a future where hinterland communities thrive, where environmental preservation and cultural heritage are safeguarded, and where economic opportunities abound.”

He further added, “At the Global Maritime India Summit 2023, we will converge to explore groundbreaking ideas, forge collaborations, and chart a course towards a brighter future. Together, we will create a legacy that transcends generations, one that defines a new era of waterway development in India and beyond. Join us on this transformative journey, and let’s shape a future where waterways are not just a source of life and culture but also the driving force behind a thriving and sustainable nation.”

As the maritime world gears up for the Global Maritime India Summit 2023, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways invites all interested parties to join the Varanasi roadshow and become a part of this transformative journey towards a more connected and collaborative maritime future.

About GMIS 2023:

GMIS 2023 is a premier maritime sector focused event to bring together pivotal figures from the industry to explore opportunities, understand challenges, and stimulate investment within India’s maritime sector. Building upon the legacy of its preceding editions of 2016 and 2021, this third edition of the summit aims to unveil broader prospects for domestic and international maritime stakeholders and investors. More than 100 countries and several delegates from them are expected to participate in the Summit with exhibitors and investors from various domains of the maritime sector.

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