Why a Maritime Summit?
The first Malta Maritime Summit, held on the eve of Malta’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in October 2016, turned out to be an even greater success than expected. With this success still very vivid we are highly motivated and looking forward to the second edition which will be held between the 1st and the 5th October, 2018. Again this is a unique opportunity where highly influential international maritime executives will meet, to discuss and analyse the current European Union Maritime strategy and its global impact particularly on the European stakeholders and players. The conference will be spread over four and half days and is intended to stimulate various debates with the scope of reaching conclusions and make proposals which will be formally presented to the Prime Minister and other policymakers in Malta as well as to the various international stakeholders for their consideration.
Malta has always been a maritime nation as its location has made it historically the most sought after island in the Mediterranean, by traders and world powers alike. As the Maritime world evolved, Malta’s nautical importance came to the fore. As it ranks top of the European maritime league and sixth in the world, Malta has asserted itself as a major player not only as a flag State but in all the other aspects of the maritime industry. It is now a major player in this highly competitive world and therefore its responsibilities and obligations have increased tremendously.
Consequently, the summit will yet again drop anchor in Malta’s capital city, Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018 – the heart of beautiful heritage and the natural Grand Harbour used since Phoenician times.