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Davos of the Maritime Industry: New platform to shape the future of global seaborne trade

The Global Maritime Forum is a global platform for high-level leaders from the entire maritime spectrum and aims to effect positive long term change for the industry and for society. A global group of 14 industry leaders are founding partners to the Forum.

Leaders have called for a Global Maritime Forum to succeed the Danish Maritime Forum, which over three years became recognized as the “Davos of the maritime industry”. The new Global Maritime Forum is an international not-for-profit organization committed to unleashing the potential of the global maritime industry to increase sustainable long term economic development and human wellbeing.

“We are very pleased to announce the launch of the new Global Maritime Forum. Our ambition is to build a platform for collaboration among the participants in global seaborne trade and to bring about positive change for the industry and for society. This will not be a new industry association, but rather a community of leaders with the breadth and quality of engagement to represent with authority the views and interests of the entire maritime spectrum,” says Peter Stokes, Chairman of Global Maritime Forum.

“As a fragmented and siloed industry in an otherwise interconnected world the maritime industry needs a shared platform to tackle collective challenges. The industry is the lifeblood of the global economy but needs to take up the challenge of leadership in its unique position to contribute to sustainable growth that benefits all,” says Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, a founding partner to the Global Maritime Forum.

“As a capital-intensive industry with protracted investment horizons, the maritime value chain requires a long term outlook. The Global Maritime Forum will provide new perspectives from inside and outside the industry to better understand the long term forces shaping our decision-making,” says Peter G. Livanos, Chairman of GasLog LTD., a founding partner to the Global Maritime Forum.

The primary vehicle will be an annual summit which will bring together high-level leaders from across the maritime industry with policymakers, NGOs, experts and other influential decision-makers and opinion shapers to discuss industry-wide, long term challenges. It will be hosted in cities around the world on a rotational basis. The inaugural summit is expected to take place in October 2018.

The Forum will also serve as a broader platform for dialogue and collaboration between meetings to address global challenges that are particularly important to the maritime industry. This may include working groups and exploratory workshops to address specific industry-wide issues, recommendations for action and the like. The first results are intended to be presented at the inaugural summit in 2018.

14 global industry leaders are initially supporting the Forum as founding partners, including A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, Arshiya International, Euronav, GasLog, Gorrissen Federspiel, Gulf Agency Company, Heidrick & Struggles, Hempel, KfW IPEX-Bank, MISC, the Onassis Foundation, PSA International, Trafigura and Wan Hai Lines.
Source: Global Maritime Forum

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