The first edition of the AIVP Indian Ocean Days brought together almost one hundred participants from AIVP’s network of members and contacts in the Indian Ocean zone.
Delegates from South Africa (Cape Town, Durban, East London and Richards Bay), Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Mayotte made the journey to share their projects with city-port stakeholders in La Réunion.
Hosted by the municipal and port authorities of Le Port, the two working days included presentations (available on the Indian Ocean group website) and a tour of the commercial port, fishing port and marina. Also during the event, the Port Center Missions Charter was signed by the City of Le Port, the Grand Port Maritime de la Réunion and the West Coast Territory, in a major first step towards the creation of a Port Center in Le Port, a valuable resource serving the citizens of a fast-growing city and port region.
The participants were also invited to answer a questionnaire identifying their expectations and possible contributions to the work of the Indian Ocean group, which will continue until the next meeting. Mauritius Port Authority has proposed to host that event in 2019, with the 2020 edition set to take place in South Africa.
The Indian Ocean group aims to strengthen regional cooperation in all fields promoting the development of every port city in this vast region, whether AIVP members or not.