As a pre-run to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit 2013; seminar for Ports sector was organized by Gujarat Maritime Board in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on July 2, 2012 at Hotel Pride, Ahmedabad. This seminar laid the foundation stage for Ports sector for the upcoming magnanimous event of VG 2013.
The Conference flagged off in august presence of dignitaries from Government of Gujarat and Government of India. Hon’ble Minister of State for Industries & Mines, Finance, Energy & Petrochemicals, GoG Shri Saurabhbhai Patel inaugurated the Conference as the Chief Guest. Shri A.K. Joti, IAS, Chief Secretary, GoG & Chairman, GMB was the Guest of Honour in the inaugural session. Shri I.P. Gautam, IAS, Principal Secretary, Ports & Transport Department and Shri L. Radhakrishnan, IAS, Chairman, JNPT were also present in the Inaugural Session.
The themes of discussion for the conference were Challenges in Port Sector, Challenges in Shipping Sector and Panel Discussion on Risk and Remedies for the Port & Shipping Sector.
The Conference brought together leading experts from industry, government, academics and delegates who offered their insights on the challenges faced by the industry, as well as strategies to overcome these challenges.
Hon'ble Minister of State Shri Saurabhbhai Patel & Shri A.K. Joti, Chief Secretary addressed the audience on achievements of Gujarat in port sector, future development plans and potential investment opportunities in Gujarat Port Sector.
The Conference witnessed participation of government dignitaries, senior corporate leaders and policy makers. Speakers representing various aspects of maritime industry, leading maritime consultants and government dignitaries shared their views on various topics on Port and Shipping like current challenges of Ship Building and Ship Repairing, Ro-Ro Ferry Service, Carbon Credit, Port Cities, Port Financing, IT Solutions and Risk and Remedies for the port sector.
More than 300 senior delegates from various Ports & Shipping companies, Shipbuilding agencies and Logistics related business houses participated in the Conference.