As gateways to globalisation and hubs of creativity and innovation, port cities are constantly re-inventing themselves. Faced with the challenges of local and global sustainable development, coupled with the need to find common solutions, economic operators and institutional organisations are increasingly coming together to develop projects jointly. As part of this new approach, economic development projects backed by port authorities, local communities or businesses themselves need to take account of local environmental and social issues together, at an early stage.
The port cities of the Indian Ocean are experiencing powerful demographic and economic movements, bringing with them opportunities for growth for ports and their partners. Within this vast, multicultural, fragmented regional community, the ocean and maritime activities act as a potent link. Port cities are also vying in competition, needing to attract investors and new talents while guaranteeing jobs and quality of life for their local populations. As they look to meet these challenges, cooperation and bilateral or multilateral partnerships to support local initiatives are a very important asset.
The AIVP Indian Ocean Days, hosted by the Municipality of le Port (Reunion Island) is intended to lay the groundwork for regional cooperation on the issues that ports are set to face in the future. By promoting greater awareness and understanding of the actions being taken by all of the region’s port cities, and by encouraging the sharing of experience on projects, the aim is to identify areas in which they can work together for the benefit of each local initiative.
The debates will take place around three key themes:
- Theme 1: City-port strategies for a maritime living environment
- Theme 2: Economic city-port trends for the Indian Ocean
- Theme 3: Measures in favour of employment in the port cities of the Indian Ocean
Wednesday 7 November 2018
Welcome cocktail in the Gardens of City Hall
- Reception by Mr. Olivier Hoarau, Mayor of the Municipality of Le Port
Thursday 8 November 2018
8:00 - 9:00
Registration for participants / Coffee
Venue: Ecole Supérieure d’Art de la Réunion (ESAR) - Le Port
9:00 - 9:30
9:30 - 9:45
- Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP
Context and objectives of the seminar and the AIVP Indian Ocean group
9:45 - 10:30
Introduction - Keynote Speaker
- Gaetan Siew, President of the Port Louis Development Initiative, Mauritius, Special Envoy UN-Habitat
The Port Cities of the Indian Ocean: a new approach to major strategic issues in the zone
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:15
Session 1: Presentation of port-city projects at Le Port, Reunion Island
- Prisca Aure, Directrice Générale des Services, Ville de Le Port
The urban-port redevelopment projects of the City of Le Port
- Jean-Frédéric Laurent, Directeur Général, Président du Directoire, Grand Port Maritime de la Réunion
Sustainable port planning
- Ali Karimi, Directeur Général des Services Techniques et du Développement Durable, Territoire de la Cote Ouest
Marinas and blue tourism in western Reunion: an integrated project built around port cities in the ODYSSEA programme
12:15 - 13:45
13:45 - 15:15
Session 2: Urban Port - City-port strategies for an attractive living environment
Port cities have to find innovative ways to develop a quality urban environment for their residents, while attracting the new talents they need. Local authorities and communities are working with their port partners to come up with new ideas about changing the functions and spaces of the port, which represents both an asset and a constraint for urban development.
- Mike Brokenshire, Director: Planning & Development, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront SA, Cape Town - South Africa
Redeveloping the cruise terminal as a living space on the waterfront
- Ryan Lowe, Urban Planner, Seychelles Planning Authority - Victoria
Victoria Masterplan 2040: the port’s place at the heart of a renewed territory
- Marc Dubernet, Directeur Régional Océan Indien, Agence Française de Développement, La Réunion
The Paris Climate Agreement: a new development agenda for the Indian Ocean
15:15 - 15:45
Break – Refreshments
15:45 – 17:30
Technical tour of the city and port
Back to the hotel
Friday 9 November 2018
9:00 - 10:30
Session 3: Entreprise-driver Port - Economic city-port trends for the Indian Ocean
The rapid expansion of maritime exchanges and the increased value of regional resources are having a far-reaching impact on ports, and opening up new growth prospects that need to be addressed in collaboration with local authorities and the economic community.
- Eric Apelgren, Head of International and Governance Relations, Municipality of Ethekwini, South Africa
- Nkosinathi Mthethwa, Chief Operations Officer, Municipality of Umhlathuze (Richards’ Bay), South Africa
The MoU between the City and Port, planning together for the medium and long term
- Narad Dawoodarry, Director, Legal & Administrative Services, Mauritius Ports Authority
Transforming Mauritius into a "blue" economy
- Herland Cerveaux, Directeur de Programme, Union des Chambres de Commerce et d’Industrie de l’Ocean indien.
"Indian-ocean.biz": a digital platform dedicated to the exchanges among Stakeholders of the region.
10:30 - 10:50
10:50 - 12:20
Session 4: Citizen Port - Measures in favour of employment in the port cities of the Indian Ocean
Jobs – and by extension education and training - are a key sustainable development issue for port cities on the Indian Ocean. While institutions and resources are expanding across the region, the question remains how best to direct them and anticipate the new skills needed, both now and in the future.
- Mpilo Ngubane, Head at eThekwini Municipality Academy(EMA) and CIFAL Durban Director, South Africa
An integrated approach to make Durban an international leader in education and innovation
- Ramalingum Maistry, President of the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) and President of the Association des Ports des Iles de l’Océan Indien (APIOI)
Mauritius, Investing in human capital: why and how?
- Christian Corre, Secrétaire Général, Union Maritime de Mayotte
The port and maritime innovation platform of Longoni: study, innovate, and train
- Olivier Lemaire, Managing Director, AIVP
The Port Center: a valuable resource for promoting awareness of the port and its diverse careers
12:20 - 12:50
Conclusions, and prospects for the AIVP Indian Ocean group
12:50 - 13:00
Official closing by Olivier Hoarau, Mayor of the Municipality of Le Port
In order to welcome you in the best conditions, AIVP has pre-booked rooms at negotiated prices at the hotel Dina Morgabine (3* located at La Saline-les-Bains) for the nights of 7 and 8 November 2018. Nous vous invitions à faire votre réservation au plus tôt. We recommend booking at the earliest possible opportunity. After 23 September 2018, AIVP will no longer be able to guarantee room availability.
Simultaneous translation in French and English will be available during all working sessions and for visits.
The AIVP Indian Ocean Days will take place at the « Ecole Supérieure d’Art de la Réunion » (ESAR) in Le Port city.
102, avenue du 20 décembre 1948
97826 Le Port
Shuttle buses will be organized between the Morgabine hotel and the meeting place, in the morning and evening, and on Wednesday, November 7, between the hotel and the welcoming cocktail venue.
Participants arriving and departing from the "Roland Garros" Airport will have to arrange their own transfer to the hotel.
Airport / Hotel (for reference): 75 Euros per taxi ride for 1, 2, 3 ou 4 people.
Passport, visa and invitation letter
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