A smart port city for 2015
The very recent 14th World Conference Cities and Ports organised in Durban, South Africa has again strongly confirmed that in port cities, faced with both global challenges and local issues, it is time for partnership and for the sharing of resources and territories.
Smart Port City?
In a few days’ time our 14th World Conference will commence in Durban, South Africa. This year we have chosen to base our discussions around the theme of the smart port city. More than just a fashionable term, being ‘smart’ for a port town is about the need, experienced by all of today’s stakeholders in the development of cities and ports, to think about our growth in a different way.
Annual General Meeting 2014 in Genoa
In 1991, the Port of Genoa, a founder-member of AIVP, organised one of the association’s first world conferences. At that time, the “Magazzini del Cotone” were being renovated and the city was finally rediscovering its port with the preparation of the “Colombo ‘92” international exhibition. Over the last 25 years, cooperation between the port and the city of Genoa has multiplied: the spectacular redevelopment projects in the Porto Antico have been followed by initiatives to open the port more and more to the city and its inhabitants. The success of the Genoa Port Center, which on 25 June 2014 will sign the AIVP “Missions Charter of a Port Centre“, bears witness to this.
Interchange, innovation, projects…
You have demonstrated your appreciation of the international interchanges of experience that we organise on a regular basis. We receive extensive feed-back expressing your satisfaction at finding good examples or specialists for your problems at our AIVP Days or World Conferences. This year, I am sure that our AIVP Days at Genoa on 26th to 28th June and our World Conference in South Africa at Durban and Cape Town on 3rd to 8th November will once again help you to make faster progress towards your goals for your city and port, applying innovative projects which will unite the living forces of your port city.
Urban Port, Enterprise-driver Port, Citizen Port
Since our last world conference at Nantes and Saint-Nazaire in June 2012, we have been using this new, perhaps more intuitive, vocabulary to better translate our ambitions for port-cities. During our exchanges of experiences, we found that port-city dialogue is permanently on-going and occurs simultaneously in the three dimensions, urban, entrepreneurial and citizen, which structure our work today.
Happy and prosperous year in 2014!
It is fashionable today, when speaking in public or writing in the press, to see the glass as half empty rather than half full. Is everything really so bad? The economy, society, biodiversity, climate, energy – there is no shortage of subjects for concern. They naturally demand actions on the scale of the challenges, and admit no place for national selfishness in our globalised contemporary societies. At AIVP, as in many other world-wide networks, we are working on this. Without being overly optimistic, but as President of an international association which by its nature is attentive to the transformations at work all over the globe, I would simply like to recall that the growth of international maritime trade has contributed extensively over the last few decades to the enrichment of a number of nations. Their inhabitants have gained access to a better quality of life and higher education.
Editorial : “Did you say IPCC?”
The most recent IPCC report has raised less of a storm than its predecessor published 6 years ago. In the absence of virulent controversy with climate-change sceptics, the press seems to be tiring of these alarmist reports, even though it continues to stress – paradoxically enough – that the data produced by the IPCC are conservative. Discouraging in advance all efforts towards a profound change in our development and consumption processes would be counter-productive. If nothing changes very soon, our children and grand-children, born today, may see water waist-deep in the streets of New York, Bilbao, Shanghai or Buenos Aires by the time they retire! Not to mention the many serious climate disorders affecting particularly southern hemisphere countries, where the social and economic tissue is already fragile.
Editorial : “Culture and competitiveness of port cities”
The AIVP Days in Helsinki (Finland), 13-15 June 2013
It is with great pleasure that we are to be able to welcome you to the General Meeting of AIVP, the worldwide network of port cities, in Helsinki on the 11th and 12th of June. More than one hundred delegates, representing port cities on every continent, are due to attend. Finland largely looks out onto the Baltic Sea and this entire European region has experienced remarkable economic dynamism since the end of the Soviet era more than twenty years ago. Helsinki and other Baltic port cities are at the front line of this growth. This economic impetus is accompanied by an equally remarkable urban revival. All around the country, pride is taken in architectural heritage whilst the improvement of quality of life in cities is of constant concern. This is why I am delighted that these new AIVP Days in Helsinki are dedicated to the theme “City-port culture and competitiveness”. Cultural strategies play an active role in the improvement of citizens’ wellbeing. It is also an important factor in the development of tourism. When it is possible to bring together culture with the port and its activities, then we have an extraordinary lever for development in each port city.
Hannele Luukkainen, Chairman of the Board, Port of Helsinki
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Editorial : “Port-cities seek new talent… “
According to a not very recent study by UNESCO, the number of researchers in developing countries increased by 56% between 2002 and 2007. By comparison, the increase in developed countries was only 8.6%. During the period, humanity gained nearly a million researchers from developing countries. The figures to be published soon will no doubt only confirm that this trend is accelerating.
This increase in the number of researchers worldwide is of course one of the key factors in overcoming the many challenges faced by our societies. In the context of its active participation in international meetings, in China, Africa, recently in India, and before long in California or Colombia, AIVP has identified many new talents who are already helping port-cities with innovative solutions to their development problems. These talents, whether working to find solutions for changes in energy, maritime transport as such, sustainable urban development or social dialogue, are the future of each of our ports and port-cities. We have just chosen Durban as the venue for our 14th World Conference in November 2014. A city committed to globalisation, and in rapid economic expansion; the principal port in South Africa – one of the five most dynamic developing countries in the world (BRICS). By choosing Durban, we hope to contribute new talents to port-cities!
Download Dock infos N°85, april 2013
Secretary of the AIVP
Deputy General Manager of the Port of Brussels
Editorial : “Add a more human face to globalisation”
China, India, Africa, Latin America… For many years AIVP has encouraged the expansion of its worldwide network in emerging countries and supported local initiatives in port-city development. Stakeholders in development in these countries are regularly invited to AIVP’s international conferences to present their projects and raise their concerns.
There is a growing interest in AIVP’s work and new members have already joined from the southern hemisphere. There are also an increasing number of projects and research streams on the subject of port-cities: a port-city research centre in Costa Rica, port-city Observatory projects in Brazil and China, and working groups in various African associations. There is a notable interest in port-city relationships and many stakeholders seek AIVP’s expertise in this area. Naturally, AIVP’s management actively supports these advances and encourages their development through partnership agreements. Established 25 year ago, during which time AIVP has been engaged in on-going international development issues, the association draws strength from this new global dynamic and aims to help each port-city build its future and establish links with stakeholders in port and urban development worldwide. AIVP also seeks to add a more human face to globalisation by enabling stakeholders in port-cities to meet each other and talk.
Download Dock infos N°84, february 2013
General Manager of AIVP