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Annual Summit


The primary vehicle of the Global Maritime Forum is the Annual Summit which brings 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 is hosted in cities around the world on a rotational basis. The inaugural Annual Summit will take place in Hong Kong on 3-4 October 2018.

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Annual Summit


The primary vehicle of the Global Maritime Forum is the Annual Summit which brings 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 is hosted in cities around the world on a rotational basis. The inaugural Annual Summit will take place in Hong Kong on 3-4 October 2018.

Hong Kong awarded the Global Maritime Forum’s inaugural Annual Summit

Hong Kong is chosen to host the Global Maritime Forum’s inaugural Annual Summit on 3-4 October 2018. The high-level meeting will convene key industry leaders with policymakers, experts, NGOs and other influential decision-makers and opinion shapers. Their task will be to share their ideas on the challenges facing the maritime industry and to develop practical proposals to optimise global seaborne trade, thereby increasing sustainable long term economic development and human wellbeing.

“We look forward to welcoming the world’s maritime decision-makers to Hong Kong. Like the ocean, the challenges and opportunities that the maritime industry is facing transcend country borders. They are inherently global and the only way to meet them is to join forces and find solutions in unison. The maritime industry is uniquely positioned to contribute to positive change, both for the industry and society” says Frank Chan, Secretary for Transport and Housing of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

The Hong Kong Ship Register is the world's fourth largest ship register. The city is a major port hub and it has a strong presence of ship owners, cargo owners and traders. Over the years, Hong Kong has seen a continual expansion of its maritime service cluster, including ship management, ship broking, ship finance, maritime insurance and maritime law and arbitration.

“Hong Kong is acknowledged as one of the world's freest and most competitive economies. Open markets are a prerequisite for the maritime industry to strengthen its role and positive impact on global growth and development. In addition, Hong Kong is a leading maritime hub. This makes Hong Kong an obvious location for the Global Maritime Forum’s inaugural Annual Summit and we are very pleased by the support that we have received from the maritime cluster,” says Peter Stokes, Chairman of the Global Maritime Forum.

Going forward, the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit will be hosted in cities around the world on a rotational basis.

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Format

The Annual Summit’s cross-industry and multi-stakeholder approach aims to challenge the traditional silos within the global maritime industry to strengthen cooperation between all stakeholders and to identify new strategies to address long term threats and opportunities. In order to support this, the Global Maritime Forum provides a creative workspace to exchange views, learn from each other and give birth to decisions that make a real difference not only for the industry, but for society as well.

The format of the Annual Summit is designed to inspire and engage participants in a dialogue about the future of the global maritime industry. Participants are invited and expected to contribute actively to a lively debate throughout the meeting.

The Annual Summit is by-invitation-only.