In this article, Board Member Godwin Xerri outlines the main conclusions of a study commissioned by the Malta Maritime Forum about the economic contribution of the maritime industry to the country in terms of GDP, employment and productivity. With the professional economic analysis of empirical facts, the study is the first of its kind and aims to serve both policymakers and the public to appreciate the importance of the maritime sector. While the study projects a positive economic growth for the sector gaps are highlighted that should warrant the full attention of the policymakers. To this extent, the study does not limit itself to statistical analysis but puts forward recommendations by way of a proposal for a national framework for the maritime sector in Malta. This study was performed by Dr Gordon Cordina of E-Cubed Consultancy. The article first appeared in the Times of Malta and is accessible on the following link.