The first Maldives Maritime Conference; what to expect

A group of MPL workers atop a carrier-barge; the company is at the forefront of all maritime, shipping and logistical activities in the Maldives | Photo: MPL

Ever since Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) announced the first-ever Maldives Maritime Conference, slated for March 2024; it has garnered industry attention and piqued the interest of relevant stakeholders.

The event will feature international keynote speakers and experts, and will be held at Paradise Island Resort reportedly. MPL will be collaborating with International Ports and Harbors (IPAH), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD), Johor Port (Malaysia), and Port of Valencia (Spain).

With registrations still open for the inaugural edition of the conference, scheduled for March 6, 2024, MPL has begun to share key insights into what the event is shaping up to be.

What to Expect?

The primary goal is simple; bringing together key stakeholders in the maritime sector “for discussions, planning and collaboration to foster innovation and sustainable development” in the country, MPL said.

The conference offers a unique platform for networking, forming alliances, and exploring partnership opportunities with local and international stakeholders.

Key Areas of the Conference

  • Innovative and emerging technology
  • Maritime logistics
  • Energy efficiency and energy management
  • Maritime transport and connectivity
  • Climate resilience

The stakeholders expected to attend the conference include maritime government agencies and authorities, shipbuilding and ship repairs-related companies and institutions, shipping logistics and ports, and environmental protection bodies and agencies as well.

Conference Topics

  • Creation of employment and income opportunities in Maritime Industry
  • Evolution of Port and Maritime Infrastructure Development
  • Bottlenecks in Maritime Logistics and possible solutions
  • Energy efficiency and decarbonizing maritime transport and port facility
  • Impact of climate change on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and its port activities
  • What does the future hold for Maritime Industry? The upcoming industry trends and requirements for knowledge development

The conference is expected to act as a primary discussion ground for relevant stakeholders and industry experts to discourse and deliberate on crucial matters, that would in turn head towards possible reforms and policy resolutions related to the maritime industry of the Maldives.

The Maldives, with its geographical disposition heavily relies on shipping and maritime activities as part of its economic drive; and such a conference would assist in industry affiliates and stakeholders to recognize faulty areas in need of improvement, understand best practicing approaches, and strategize for stronger governance and functionality of the maritime, shipping and logistical fronts of the overall sector.

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