Provisional programme

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.

Le Port (La Réunion - © Service communication Ville du Port
Le Port (La Réunion - © Service communication Ville du Port)

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



Ville de Le Port Grand Port maritime de la Réunion TCO Agence française de développement (AFD)

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
Welcome address

9:30 - 9:45

Context and objectives of the seminar and the AIVP Indian Ocean group
Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP

9:45 - 10:30

Gaétan SIEW

Introduction by the keynote speaker: The Port Cities of the Indian Ocean: a new approach to major strategic issues in the zone
Gaetan Siew, President of the Port Louis Development Initiative, Mauritius, Special Envoy UN-Habitat

10:30 - 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 - 12:15

Session 1: Presentation of port-city projects at Le Port, Reunion Island

  • City of Le Port
  • Grand Port Maritime de la Réunion
  • Territoire de la Côte Ouest

12:15 - 13:45: Lunch

13:45 - 16:00: Technical tour of the city and port

16:00 - 16h30: Break – Refreshments

16:30 – 18:00

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.

  • Cape Town, South Africa: “Redeveloping the cruise terminal as a living space on the waterfront - City of Cape Town
  • Mombasa, Kenya: “Mombasa Gate City Master Plan: taking account of the port extension” - Kenya Ports Authority
  • Victoria, Seychelles: “Victoria Masterplan 2040: the port’s place at the heart of a renewed territory” - Julie Low, Urban Planner, Seychelles Planning Authority

18:00: Close of work sessions

20:00 : Official dinner

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.

  • Durban, South Africa: “Towards a meta logistics gateway“ - Port of Durban
  • Richards’ Bay, South Africa “The MoU between the City and Port, planning together for the medium and long term” - City of uMhlathuze
  • Toamasina, Madagascar: “For a port and industrial hub that meets the needs of Madagascar’s economic growth” - Société du Port à gestion autonome de Toamasina

10:30 - 10:50: Coffee break

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.

  • Durban, South Africa: “An integrated approach to make Durban an international leader in education and innovation”
    Mpilo Ngubane, Head at eThekwini Municipality Academy(EMA) and CIFAL Durban Director
  • South Africa: “The blue economy and digital revolution: what are the maritime skills and careers of the future?”
    Malek Pourzanjani, CEO, South African International Maritime Institute
  • Mauritius: “Investing in human capital: why and how?”
    Ramalingum Maistry, President of the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) and President of the Association des Ports des Iles de l’Océan Indien (APIOI)
  • Mayotte : “The port and maritime innovation platform of Longoni: study, innovate, and train
    Christian Corre, Secrétaire Général, Union Maritime de Mayotte Union Maritime de Mayotte

12:20 - 12:50: Conclusions, and prospects for the AIVP Indian Ocean group

12:50 - 13:00 : Official close, presided by the City of Le Port

13:00: Lunch

Practical information

Hotel reservations

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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.

Working languages English / Anglais French / Français

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 "Rolland 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

For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your visa application, log on to France-Visas, France’s official visa site.

France-Visas is a single portal with all the information you need to guide you through the process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).

Individual requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa should contact AIVP at