Quoted in the official LISW21 Event Guide, the Rt Hon. Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, said:
“It’s hard to believe that the last event was already two years ago, where so many of us gathered to meet, experience all the week had to offer and network so freely and easily.
“Since that event in 2019, globally we have all been affected by the devastating effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. There hasn’t been a single country that hasn’t felt the effects on their commercial and social sectors, but as we emerge, we can reflect.
“The pandemic brought its own challenges: pressure on global supply chains, demand for medicines and equipment, and restrictions on free movement. Rapid and unprecedented changes affected all of us for a prolonged and challenging period.
“But what the pandemic also highlighted was our reliance on maritime trade, our resilience in keeping freight moving and of course, the critical work done by our community of global seafarers. LISW really helps countries to come together and discuss the big issues which we all face. I hope we are able to find some solutions to common problems this week”