Waterways Conclave 2022

The Waterways Conclave 2022 was organized by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) on 11th and 12th April 2022 in Dibrugarh, Assam. The aim of this conclave was to focus on harnessing the potential of the international and domestic waterway ecosystem in the country’s North-eastern region. The industry partner of this conclave was the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

Overview:

  • The conclave was launched by Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and AYUSH.
  • The conclave was attended by various stakeholders in the sector of the waterway ecosystem like Senior Government Officials, Policy Planners, Sector Experts, Domestic and International Investors, Infrastructure players, Cruise Tourism industry, Vessel Owners and Operators, Representatives of Major Ports, Cargo Passengers, and representatives from the Governments of Maritime States in India.

Aim of the conclave

The aim of this conclave is to fast-track the Multimodal projects for the development of the country’s Northeast region so that business opportunities, economic activities, and employment generation can be enhanced.

Memorandum of Understandings signed

Gauhati University (GU) and the IWAI signed an MoU on the research and development as well as investment and consultancy in inland waterways. Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL), Dibrugarh and IWAI also signed an MoU for cargo transportation via inland water transport. An MoU was also signed by IWAI with Tata Steel for steel cargo transportation via inland water transport. An MoU was also signed by the Tripura government with the Indian Register of Shipping for surveying of vessels and personnel training. Two separate MoUs were also signed by the IWAI with M/s Rajesh Auto Merchandise Private Limited and M/s Jimex International for the maintenance and operation of the temporary terminal located at Maia, West Bengal.

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