SOUTH ASIA FO­RUM TAKES OFF!

For the first time the mar­itime com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers from nine South Asian na­tions came to­gether to Mumbai to col­lec­tively ex­plore the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­solve the chal­lenges.

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For the first time the mar­itime com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers from nine South Asian na­tions came to­gether to Mumbai to col­lec­tively ex­plore the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­solve the chal­lenges.

One Fo­rum. One Voice. The South Asia Mar­itime and Lo­gis­tics Fo­rum and the Con­tain­ers In­dia con­fer­ences were what the in­dus­try just needed. Be it ease of do­ing busi­ness, bet­ter poli­cies for mar­itime trade or a lo­gis­tics regime that would stream­line all the land side op­er­a­tions, the in­dus­try spoke in one voice ad­vo­cat­ing the change it needed for the re­gion to grow. Amidst new re­for­ma­tive poli­cies and un­prece­dented struc­tural changes, con­tainer trade in In­dia and the world has seen a year of sur­vival as the dras­tic changes are mak­ing ev­ery firm re­think and re-draw its strate­gies. The SAMLF and Con­tain­ers In­dia pre­sented to all the ex­ec­u­tives and in­dus­try per­sons new trends that were shap­ing the in­dus­try.

For the first time, about nine coun­tries in South Asia came to­gether to see how they can all work to­gether as a re­gion that is shap­ing up to be a driver of eco­nomic growth, trade and mar­ket ex­pan­sion cre­at­ing a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity. Mar­itime pro­fes­sion­als from In­dia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Sin­ga­pore and Nepal spoke of the ex­pand­ing lo­gis­tics sec­tor and the re­lated ser­vices that have caused dis­rup­tion in the trade. The fo­rum spoke of the many busi­ness prospects for the global trans­porta­tion in­dus­try. It is ex­pected that the In­tra-asia trade and South Asia's greater trade ex­pan­sion with Africa will have sound growth over the next decade. In this back­drop of knowl­edge of in­creas­ing ship­ping and lo­gis­tics ca­pac­i­ties to con­nect peo­ple and busi­nesses along with gov­ern­ments of South Asia, this was an or­gan­ised plat­form.

The fo­rum was rat­i­fied and en­dorsed by none other than the Ship­ping Min­is­ter, Nitin Gad­kari who out­lined the projects un­der­taken by var­i­ous ports and im­prove­ments made on the land side in­fra­struc­ture by deep­en­ing and strength­en­ing road con­nec­tiv­ity, es­tab­lish­ing a sep­a­rate firm to lay new rail lines and en­sure faster move­ment of goods to and from the ports through the Sa­gar­mala pro­gramme.

The fo­rum that was the brain­child of Mar­itime Gate­way and Colombo In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Con­fer­ence events was hugely suc­cess­ful in gen­er­at­ing great in­ter­est among all the stake­hold­ers to de­velop new mar­itime op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia. The goal of the con­fer­ence was to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties, find so­lu­tions for ex­isit­ing chal­lenges and share best prac­tices with each other. In do­ing this, the fo­rum was hugely suc­cess­ful as the del­e­gates re­turned with all this and much more.

The fifth edi­tion of the Con­tain­ers In­dia con­fer­ence pro­vided the mar­ket in­tel­li­gence to the In­dian Con­tainer In­dus­try on the changes to be dove­tailed into op­er­a­tions to en­sure the in­dus­try strides well in to the com­ing years.

The Con­tain­ers In­dia con­fer­ence de­bated the most pro­found and crit­i­cal is­sues fac­ing the in­dus­try. The pol­icy ini­tia­tives in­tro­duced by the Gov­ern­ment were closely ex­am­ined and many a leader came for­ward to how these de­ci­sions had a last­ing im­pact on the in­dus­try. Con­tainer sup­ply chain stake­hold­ers also looked at the digi­ti­sa­tion of the en­tire sup­ply chain and the changes that are im­pact­ing the con­tainer trade. For the In­dian Con­tainer trade, this was a fo­rum that helped in col­lec­tively iden­ti­fy­ing is­sues to see how they can all work to­gether in mak­ing In­dia a place to do busi­ness with ease.

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