An interview with Mr Joan GUAL DE TORRELLA GUASP, Chairman of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands
Going for a stroll around Ibiza’s Marina today bears little resemblance to what the residents of this beautiful Mediterranean town, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, experienced less than a decade ago. The port on the largest of the Balearic Islands has seen considerable change over the last 15 years and is in the midst of a unique restyling project.
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands is member of AIVP since 1995
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.
We are pleased to welcome you in Quebec City from June 11 to 14, 2018, for our 16th World Conference on the theme NEXT GENERATION. With you, and following our exchanges of Rotterdam 2016, we would like to open 11 reflection areas to answer the aspirations of the citizens living in port cities. Undoubtedly, these areas are in the heart of your strategies, projects and actions.
At the meeting of the AIVP Board in Paris on 9 November 2017, the association’s President Philippe Matthis welcomed the new board members elected at the General Meeting held in Le Havre: http://www.aivp.org/en/governance/
Stakeholders in the territory of Marseilles have turned out in large numbers to sign the AIVP Missions Charter of a Port Center. Marseilles, France’s largest port city, joins the thirteen international port cities that are already signatories. The charter, which was ratified on Thursday 14 September at the Smartcity Forum, centres on the object of opening the port to the city’s population, involving the Port of Marseilles Fos, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Marseilles, Provence, the Bouches du Rhône Department, the Metropolis of Marseilles, and cities of Marseilles, Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Fos-sur-Mer and Port-de-Bouc.
The Charter was signed in front of an audience of more than 260 delegates attending the AIVP Days, where the theme was animation in the port city. Since Port Centers are a key component of such animation, more and more AIVP members are committing to creating them.
The Port of Vancouver, represented by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Robin Silvester, signed the Missions Charter of a Port Centre on June 13th, 2017, during the official visit of AIVP President Matthis to Vancouver.
Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP, participated in a workshop on the regeneration of port cities and port areas organized jointly by the Committee of the Regions and the Permanent Representation of Malta in Brussels on 16 May 2017.
AIVP has been invited to contribute to the debate, the aim being to rethink the constantly changing city-port relationship, and identify potential synergies in the fields of economic, energy, environmental and societal development.
This working group gathered, among others, testimonies from cities, port authorities and terminal operators.
The Urban and Landscape Project Club, organised by FNAU (French National Federation of Urban Development Agencies) this year chose Fécamp in France, a port town on the English Channel, as a study location. Around 30 architects and urban development experts from all over France attended the three-day workshop, after which they carried out an audit of the main challenges and potentialities of the local area, and suggested a variety of development options to local stakeholders.
On 21-23 March 2017 AIVP went to Genoa to take an active part in the 8th Parmenides International Forum of the Interacademic Development Group (GID). The event was organised in partnership with Porto Antico, the management and development structure of the old port of Genoa, whose Director General, Alberto Cappato, is also on the board of AIVP.