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Ministerial Foreword
I’m delighted to welcome you to London International Shipping Week 2019. I’m very proud of our maritime industry and I’ve had the
opportunity to meet many of you during my time in of ce, experiencing the excellent work you do  rst hand. I’m always impressed by the dedication and passion that the industry and everyone involved in it has for what it does.
The maritime industry contributes £14.5bn to our economy and supports our national prosperity which is why London International Shipping Week is so important – to showcase all we do and all we have to offer to the world.
A staggering 95 per cent of our national trade
is moved by sea, most of our fuel arrives in the UK by sea, and as an island nation, we rely on excellent maritime links for trade, supply chain and leisure. This year’s theme of International Trade in a Changing World is extremely appropriate. We are in a changing world, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union and therefore our needs for trade will change and adapt to a new global landscape.
At the beginning of the year we launched Maritime 2050, a far-reaching plan outlining our ambitions for the next thirty years. We have never had such an extensive plan for Maritime before and we have bold ambitions which we believe are all realistic and achievable. With the excellent ongoing relationships that we have between Government and industry, I’m con dent that together, we can deliver our commitments. I’m pleased to report that we’re already making progress on what we want to deliver and in July I launched our Clean Maritime Plan; a comprehensive pathway to delivering a cleaner, greener maritime environment.
The UK has the complete package to offer the world shipping industry; enviable ports, a respected  ag, bespoke business and  nancial services, excellent trade links and a skilled and professional workforce. I am excited for you to discover the breadth of our maritime sector.
I am sure that I will be seeing a lot of you during the coming week and catching up with many of you at our varied catalogue of events. l
by Nusrat Ghani MP
Minister for Maritime
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