Breaking new ground

The Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit took place in Hong Kong on 3-4 October 2018. This high-level meeting convened leaders to discuss industry-wide, long-term challenges and opportunities.

The Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit will encourage key leaders to share their ideas on the challenges facing the maritime industry. Together they will develop practical proposals to optimise global seaborne trade, thereby increasing sustainable long term economic development and human wellbeing. Issues on the agenda will include:

Issues on the agenda

  • What’s next for the global economy, and what will be the impact for the maritime industry?
  • What long-term effect will a new wave of protectionist measures and the erosion of multilateralism have on international trade?
  • How will digitalisation change the maritime industry?
  • What are the key risks and opportunities the industry must address?
  • How will non-maritime disruptors pursuing value in the global supply chain impact future business models in shipping?
  • What can the maritime industry do to improve its performance in providing a safe working environment for its seafarers?
  • How can investment in critical infrastructure along economic corridors drive economic growth and secure cost-efficient and sustainable global supply chains?
  • What can the maritime industry do to further strengthen its role and positive impact on emerging economies?
  • How can the maritime industry attract the talent of the future?
  • What can be done to bridge the gender gap in the maritime industry?
  • To what extent is the public and political perception of the maritime industry undermining its license to operate?
  • How can the industry work together to proactively tackle the climate challenge and meet environmental demands of the future?
  • What will it take to shift to the low/zero carbon fuels of the future?
  • What is the role of finance in driving this transformation?

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