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) aimed to lay the groundwork for regional cooperation on the issues that ports are set to face in the future.

The debates took 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)

Olivier Hoarau, Maire de la Ville du PortWednesday 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
Philippe Matthis, Président de l'AIVPOfficial opening

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

9:45 - 10:30
Introduction - Keynote Speaker

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 - 12:15

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

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.


15:15 - 15:45
Break – Refreshments

15:45 – 17:30
Technical tour of the city and port

Back to the hotel

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.

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.

12:20 - 12:50

Conclusions, and prospects for the AIVP Indian Ocean group