Genoa, Italy (PortSEurope) November 8, 2018 – The 5th Citizen Port Meeting of the AIVP (Association Internationale Villes & Ports) took place in Genoa port on October 25-26, and was attended by a reduced Port Center Network (PCN) working group.
The meeting was officially hosted by Porto Antico, the Port Authority and the City of Genoa. Over a day and a half, a series of presentations were given by local stakeholders, with opportunity for debate and discussion, sharing of ideas, and field trips including a visit to the Port Center which recently re-opened to the public, plus the Città dei Bambini, the Galata Museum, and a research laboratory specialising in pioneering biomaterials.
Port Center projects continue to prove very popular with port city stakeholders. While some are still in the early stages of development, Port Centers are gradually establishing themselves as genuine, versatile resources for reconnecting city and port.
Port Centers provide the public, initiated or not, with the possibility to discover, experience and understand better contemporary port activities. A space open to the widest public, it can cover subjects such as industrial port activities, the goods transported, international trade, the port professions or again the integration of the port with its city and many others.
Port Centers evolve differently from one port city to the next, and by sharing their experiences, the working group’s members allow each meeting to test the different solutions envisaged. The participants took the opportunity to debate a range of commonly faced issues. Funding arrangements in particular remain a key challenge.
AIVP is the only international organisation that, for 30 years, has been bringing together all the public and private development stakeholders in port cities.
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