Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani categorically stated that with its 1600 km long strategical coastline, Gujarat has become ‘Gateway of India’ with handling 40 per cargo of the country; and has become an inspiration for other states of the nation to attract foreign investments.
Through a video-conference he was addressing ‘The Maritime India Summit – 2021’, which was inaugurated virtually by Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi in New Delhi today.
The three-day long event is also being attended by Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Mr. Mansukhbhai Mandaviya, Petroleum Minister Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Denmark’s Transport Minister Benny Engelbrecht, D P World Group Chairman Mr. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, and leading experts of Maritime, Shipping and Port Sector.
The event, organized by Government of India’s Shipping Ports Ministry, has also attracted participations from eight ministers of foreign countries, 50 Global CEOs and speakers from 24 foreign countries.
In his address, Mr. Rupani stated that the event has been organized to connect ‘Maritime’ sector with world economy through the united efforts and to fulfill the pledge of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
He also stated that the initiative initiated by Prime Minister Mr. Modi to make India’s Maritime sector competent enough to take the competition at the international with head-on is giving good results.
The Chief Minister also added that 5,000 year old Maritime heritage history of Gujarat, which has country’s longest coastline, and India in which exports of Indian spices, woods and other items were being done to countries such as Sri Lanka, Java, Sumatra, Indonesia, Middle-East and others is an inspiration to us.
Expressing his gratitude to PM Mr. Modi for setting up the Maritime University in Gujarat and taking Gujarat’s Maritime sector to a newer height, Mr. Rupani pointed out that owing to Maritime University youths of Gujarat are obtaining business knowledge. Gujarat Maritime University has made strategic partnership with STC International Erasmus University of Netherland and Copenhagen Business School of Denmark.
The Chief Minister also expressed pride for the Alang Ship Recycling Yard’s 98 per cent contribution in country’s recycling activities. The ship recycling capacity of Alang would be raised from 4.5 million L.D.T. to 9 million L.D.T. Gujarat is also building-up world class maritime cluster. The state is also handling cargo from one major and 48 non-major port.
The Gujarat Maritime Board, a venture of the state government, has received ‘Investment intentions’ worth over Rs 80,000-crore. The Maritime Board as a whole, along with the Pandit Deendayal Port Trust, has received ‘Investment Intentions’ worth Rs 150,000-crore, he added.
Referring to the world’s first CNG terminal to be built, at cost of Rs. 1900-crore, at Bhavnagar, the Chief Minister said that under the Sagarmala Project of the Union Government, the developmental works at as many as six ports of Gujarat are being done.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat