The Georgian International Maritime Forum was held from 12 to 15 September 2016 in the city of Batumi under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Georgia Mr. G. Kvirikashvili, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and the Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia. The Batumi Sea Port was one of the main sponsors of this event. It should be noted that an event of such scale in the maritime industry is unprecedented for the city and essential for the development of maritime transportation. The importance of the forum was confirmed that it was attended by the Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization Mr. H. E. Kitack LIM. The aim of the event was a closer relationship between the maritime transport organizations and major regional industry players.
In his speech, the Prime Minister Mr. Kvirikashvili said that Georgia has all the possibilities to make full use of its transit potential and create logistical hub in the region. After the welcome speech of honorable guests hosted an interesting panel discussion on the topics were held.
An interesting subject was the development of cruise tourism in Batumi. On this topic the presentation was made by Mr. Peter Wild, a Consultant of the company G. P. Wild, who presented a detailed analysis of the situation of cruise industry in general and its tendencies. The expert made specific recommendations on development of cruise tourism in the region.
It should be noted that the keynote of the whole Conference was environmental problems in maritime industry and ways of its minimization. Unanimously, all participants noted that along with the development of the industry it is necessary think in parallel about the implementation of new technologies, also to improve the legislative framework for making better green policies in maritime transport.