Interview with Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead – Dublin City Council.
Officially launched in February 2018, Smart Docklands is the result of various initiatives launched in the past years. The programme concerns a district which currently home 500 businesses, 44,000 workers and 26,000 residents. The priorities for this smart district are the mobility, environment, buildings and infrastructures.
Could the innovative solutions currently being tested and/or implemented in Dublin be replicated by AIVP port cities members who are facing the same challenges? Let’s talk with Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead – Dublin City Council.
At the invitation of the Nice Cote d’Azur Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Olivier Lemaire, General Manager of AIVP, travelled to Antibes on 17 September 2019 to speak at the workshop of the European “Great Accessible Tyrrhenian Itinerary” project (known as GRITACCESS) on port heritage. This European programme, aimed at promoting access to heritage and the development of a tourist network, involves 15 partners from five cross-border regions. In his speech, Olivier Lemaire highlighted the importance of capitalising on the heritage and architecture of port cities.
Denis Davoult, head of urban affairs at AIVP, travelled to Saint-Malo (France) on 10 September 2019 to meet two members of the association: the Union Maritime et Portuaire (Maritime & Port Union), and the Ille-et-Vilaine Chamber of Commerce (CCI), which holds the concession to operate the Port of Saint-Malo. Below is a brief report on the issues facing the town and the port.
At the invitation of AVITEM (Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories) and the urban network Vivapolis, Olivier Lemaire, General Manager of AIVP, took part in a round table on City Port relations in the Mediterranean.
The city of Mariupol (Ukraine) has just become the newest member of the AIVP network. It is the first Ukrainian city to join us, adding yet another country to the list of members. To mark the occasion, the city invited AIVP to take part in a forum on port cities, held on 17 July 2019.
CCI Marseille Provence, Grand Port Maritime de Marseille and Aix-Marseille Université organised the first Smart Port Day on Thursday 4 July in Warehouse J1, an emblematic location for the City Port integration in full swing on the port of La Joliette. On this occasion, the 7 award-winners of the Smart Port Challenge, launched last year, presented the results of their work. The innovation and quality of the projects, carried out in partnership between Start-ups and established businesses, show the importance which must be given to human capital in contemporary City Port dynamics. .
AIVP recently attended the 4th cooperation meeting of planning offices for the Seine Valley. The event is intended to provide a forum for exchanges and allow participants to gauge the development of river and maritime tourism, while gaining a better understanding of the role that can be played by local and regional authorities and stakeholders.
Riga, 7 June 2019 – The Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP), which brings together 1,900 people from the private and public sectors across all continents, has signed the 10 commitments that make up its 2030 Agenda.
AIVP’s Annual General Meeting has been held in Riga (Latvia) on 6th June 2019. Members have elected the new Board of Directors and Executive Bureau. The programme of activities and budgets have been approved.
The legal definition of the port-city relationship, and the responsibility of each one of the main actors is one of the key issues in port city governance. In AIVP, we have seen an increasing discussion about this issue. Recently, there have been new initiatives and debates in Chile and Spain. The most recent development has taken place in Mexico, where last April, the senate unanimously approved the law reform, increasing the implication of port authorities in urban development. These organizations will contribute with 30% of the surplus annual income. Considering how important this debate is, AIVP invited senator Gabriela Benavides, main sponsor of the law, to write an article explaining this initiative and help us understand how it functions, and the possible consequences.