Indian Ocean Observatory for Ports and Cities (IOO): Summing up a “rich and innovative” year
The Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting of Indian Ocean Observatory for Ports and Cities (IOO) were held on Friday 12 June, 2015. All the actions and activities carried out in 2014 were presented, confirming widespread interest in the existence of the Observatory to serve the port cities of the Indian Ocean.
2014 was a particularly rich and innovative year for IOO. During the year, the permanent staff consisted of four people, strengthened by the arrival of two students. Two studies were carried out on themes chosen by members of the network. Several innovations marked 2014, firstly the creation of IOO’s GIS service, and secondly a number of innovative publications such as scientific posters or “infographic atlases”. These innovations were completed from original initiatives thanks to the local restoration workshops (at Tamatave and Port-Louis), to which actors and decision-makers of port city communities were invited. These workshops supplemented the AIVP international days held in June in La Réunion (Le Port) and in November in South Africa (Durban and Cape Town) during the 14th AIVP World Conference.
Through these activities, IOO was able to fill the role assigned to it by its members and do its job as a tool to aid decision-makers and a distributor of information; and to fulfil its mission as a vector for dialogue at the local and regional scale, since it brings together the three functions which form the basis of port city projects: local organisations / port authorities / professionals.
Board Members elected on 12 June 2015 with mandate for one year:
President: Wilfrid Bertile (Réunion Services Maritimes)
James Nxumalo (Mayor, Ville de Durban)
David Simango (Mayor, Ville de Maputo)
Ramalingum Maistry (President, Mauritius Ports Authority)
Secretary: Olivier Hoarau (Mayor, Ville Le Port)
Treasurer: Alain Gaudin (Vice President, Grand Port Maritime de La Réunion)