Greek and British experts discussed the challenges, trends and opportunities in shipping in a fast-changing international environment.
Ties between Greek shipping and UK maritime services clusters have been traditionally very strong. This long established relationship has been further reinforced over the years and highlighted in Greece by strong UK participation in Posidonia, exchange of Ministerial visits and high-level consultations. At the same time this relationship faces new challenges as Greek shipping itself is affected by the global financial circumstances while other emerging financial hubs around the world are competing with each other and City of London to attract Greek shipping interest. Brexit negotiations may be perceived as another challenge.
Ambassador Kate Smith CMG said:
London remains the global centre for the maritime services industry, supporting Greek shipping all over the world.
The 4th Greek-British Shipping Forum brought together UK experts from financial and maritime services sector to discuss with their Greek counterparts and representatives of Greek shipping industry about these challenges and explain why City of London is still the top choice.
UK government was represented by Rt Hon John Hayes, CBE MP, Minister of State for Transport who opened the Forum along with his Greek counterpart, Mr Panagiotis Kouroumplis, Minister for Shipping and Insular Policy.