Most of the times, it so happens that any seminar of any industrial sector that gets organized talks either about the achievements and success stories of the sector or future plans of the industry or organization as a whole. Only a few atypical seminars get organized that talk about the problems or the challenges being faced by the industry as a whole. Talking about the shortcomings of the sector on an open platform is an uncommon sight. But this is what differentiates other organizations and Gujarat Maritime Board. Being the forerunner of the maritime sector of the country, we wanted to take the initiative of accosting the challenges that engulf the maritime sector of the country. And by maritime sector, we meant Ports as well as Shipping. Shipping sector has not really been touched upon in terms of the shortcomings and challenges being faced by it. To create a platform where these challenges of Ports as well as Shipping can be discussed and plausible solutions can be brought to the surface, a seminar was organized by Gujarat Maritime Board along with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on the theme of “Ports & Shipping: Challenges and Way Forward” at Hotel Pride, Ahmedabad on 2nd July, 2012.
The theme of this event was aimed at creating an incipient of series of discussions on the challenges that plague Ports and Shipping sector and the solutions needed to overcome these challenges. The seminar sought to bring together distinguished speakers to analyze the various challenges facing the ports and shipping sector and to utilize their experience along with receiving inputs of the various stakeholders that had gathered at the event so as to formulate strategies for overcoming the critical bottlenecks in the sector. It also aimed to explore opportunities for private sector participation in creating the needed infrastructure to overcome these issues.
More than 350 delegates attended the conference. The event witnessed participation of senior government officials, port developers, logistics operators, maritime consultants and training institutions, equipment manufacturers, ports and terminal companies, as well as foreign delegates and speakers.