BBSR road show sets stage for collective maritime goals

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BBSR road show sets stage for collective maritime goals

Wednesday, 06 September 2023 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

n the run-up to the third edition of the Global Maritime India Summit (GMIS) 2023,Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) & AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal gave a special address at a road show held at Mayfair Convention here on Tuesday. The minister noted that India is on the cusp of a new era in its maritime sector and that the country is beginning a journey of progress through technological advancements and infrastructure enhancement for a welcoming business environment. The event gathered eminent minds and industry leaders, igniting discussions around key opportunities, innovation and the roadmap towards a sustainable future for Indian maritime industry.

Sonowal emphasised in his special message, "These road shows exemplify our commitment to fostering linkages and collaboration in order to advance the Indian Maritime Industry. The Aatmanirbhar Bharat vision and establishing GMIS 2023 as a hub driving growth while supporting our Government's broad goals are essential to our transformational journey towards maritime excellence.”

He also stated, "India is strengthening its position as a global centre for the blue economy, taking the lead in crafting the next phase of South Asia's maritime history. This road show highlights both our shared cultural ties and our commitment as a group to make a substantial regional impact.”

Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shantanu Thakur said, "Today's event mirrors our nation's collective maritime aspirations, underlining Bhubaneswar’s pivotal role in this united voyage."

He added, "Maritime India sets sail towards a transformative future with the ambitious Vision 2030! From record-breaking cargo traffic and port capacity growth to cutting-edge legislative reforms, India's maritime sector charts a course for international excellence.”

Paradip Port Authority Chairman PL Haranadh in his welcome address said, “The GMIS 2023 is a great opportunity not only for Paradip Port but also for other ports of Odisha like Gopalpur, Dhamra, Subarnarekha, and Astaranga ports. All these ports should not compete but collaborate and cooperate with each other to provide a logistically convenient ecosystem to all the stakeholders in Odisha.”

Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Govt. of Odisha; Usha Padhee, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Transport Department, Govt. of Odisha; V Janardhana Rao, Chief Executive Officer, Gopalpur Ports Ltd: and Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, COO, Dhamra Port, spoke about their respective ports’ vision and contributions to the State economy. Nilabhra Dasgupta, Deputy Chairman, PPA, thanked the Odisha Government for hosting a pre-event curtain raiser to the GMIS 2023 which will help in boosting the infrastructure and the economy of the State.

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