Dock infos N°95, april 2015

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Hand-over of Presidency

Dock infos N°95, april 2015As I announced at the closure of our 14th World Conference in Durban, this year I will not be standing for re-election as President of the Board of AIVP. These six years at the head of our association have been years of profound changes both for the world of associations and for port cities. New subjects for port-city collaboration have emerged: the fight against climate change and anticipation of its consequences, the importance of integrating ports into society and of dialogue with citizens, smart coordination between cities, ports and businesses, etc.

In these new challenges, just as in the now more traditional challenges of the redevelopment of port-city interfaces and waterfronts, the importance of close collaboration between port authorities, urban development players and companies is indispensable, indeed vital. It has been an honour and a pleasure for me to be the bearer of this message to the five continents on your behalf. Interchanges of experience remain irreplaceable, and our network continues to diversify. I am certain that my successor and the Board of Directors will make every effort to continue to broaden these exchanges and maintain the convivial atmosphere of our Port City community which I have shared with great enthusiasm. I thank you all for your confidence. Long live port cities and AIVP!

Jean Pierre Lecomte
President of AIVP

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