From 29 November to 1 December 2017, AIVP’s General Management travelled to the island of Reunion for talks with local stakeholders, including the City of Le Port, Grand Port Maritime de la Réunion (GPMLR) , Territoire Cote Ouest (TCO), Région Réunion, Université de la Réunion, and others. During the visit, it was confirmed that Reunion will host AIVP’s first regional seminar for the Indian Ocean, to be held in late 2018.
The initiative, which has the full support of AIVP’s Board of Directors, is also aimed at maintaining the regional movement carried for six years by OVPOI (the Indian Ocean City Port Observatory, which was dissolved in September 2016). As part of the plan, a new website will go online dedicated to the regional grouping, providing a platform for discussions on city-port issues faced in the region. The change in GPMLR’s official status in 2013, and the confirmation by shipping line CMA-CGM in 2016 that it intends to make GPMLR its hub for the Indian Ocean, have naturally generated a new economic impetus, not just for the city of Le Port but for the island as a whole, and for the entire Indian Ocean zone. The goal for this regional grouping is to strengthen regional cooperation efforts in every area, to promote the development of each port city around the vast Indian Ocean.