Announcing the creation of cultural infrastructure in port spaces which are still active, or in the process of conversion, often provokes arguments and disagreements. Are cultural installations essential to the success of the port-city relationship?
by : EMO (E-Maritime Observatoire) www.performance-portuaire.org
Integrating the Port and the City of Rijeka onto the international scene: the Rijeka Gateway Project
In the 1990s the necessity to stop the steady decrease of Port of Rijeka traffic volume imposed a new strategy and development plans to re-boost and ensure the competitiveness of the Port of Rijeka.
The Rijeka Gateway Project is now entering in a decisive implementing phase. The Port and the City of Rijeka are both AIVP members since many years. M. Vojko Obersnel, Mayor of Rijeka City, discussed with us the main stakes and challenges of this project and how it will enhance the attractiveness of the Port and the City, giving to the Port City of Rijeka a new role on the international scene.
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Between the 25th and 28th of June, Bogota (Colombia) played host to the Congress of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)*, which brought together more than 350 participants from all over Latin America and the United States. Various AIVP members attended and a number of contacts were made with a view to expanding the AIVP network in the region.
Greta Marini, who is responsible for running the AIVP Port Centre Network, accompanied the delegation from the Port of Leghorn, an AIVP member, on an organised tour of the Port of Rotterdam, which has been also a Member of AIVP since several years.
The members of the Indian Ocean Observatory for Ports and Cities be they local organisations, port authorities or professionals from the islands or Africa, have indicated their interest in reflecting on the positioning of the fishing industry in their port-cities.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be organizing a Conference on Port Cities on September 9th 2013 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). OECD will also size this opportunity to release its synthesis publication on port-cities, which is based on a series of case studies conducted in various port-cities around the world: www.oecd.org/regional/portcities
Interview with Francesca Morucci of the Leghorn Port Authority (Italy)
Leghorn is undertaking a Port Centre project which will allow the Porto Aperto initiative to be perpetuated. Porto Aperto, now in its 6th year, has been increasingly successful, to the point where the initiative can take an important step forward with the opening of a permanent site. Information on the modern port will be provided through visits and meetings with professionals.
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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