“Cities and Ports” World Conference: Tangier, future “Davos of the Sea”

According to Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, ambassador in charge of poles and maritime issues, and special envoy of the President of the French Republic for the organization of the “One Ocean Summit”, discussions are underway to establish in Tangier the annual organization of a summit that will make the City of the Strait, the future “Davos of the sea”.

“For us, Morocco is an important partner in the reflection of the sea. Hence the idea of ​​trying to build together with the Kingdom, in Tangier, a kind of Davos Forum of the sea., Every year, for those wants to think about the sea of ​​tomorrow together ”. These words come from Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, ambassador in charge of poles and maritime issues, and special envoy of the President of the French Republic for the organization of the “One Ocean Summit”.

He was one of the special guests of the 17th edition of the World Conference “Cities & Ports” which was just held from May 10 to 13, in Tangier. An event organized by the International Association of Port Cities (AIVP), in collaboration with the Tangier City Port Zone Development Company (SAPT), which this year selected the city of Detroit for its main gathering.

The idea of ​​making this city the future Davos by the sea has been widely discussed with local authorities. “This is my discussion with the leaders of Tangier Med and the wali and President Emmanuel Macron will, I hope, soon be with King Mohammed VI,” Olivier Poivre d’Arvor said.

The lighthouse of Tangier Med
If Tangier has been honored by maritime stakeholders, it is because the city has established itself in a sustainable way on the maritime world map. The conversion of the historic port of Tanger Ville went through here, but also and above all, the dazzling success of Port Tanger Med, now the first port platform around the Mediterranean, on the continent of Africa.

“Twenty years ago, when the decision was made to build the port of Tangier Med, it seemed crazy at the time. And yet, this is the decision that had to be made. And now, the debt of economic development is huge. of Morocco in this view “, said Olivier Poivre d’Arvor. The special envoy of the President of the French Republic was not the only one to say this. Many political and economic leaders and major players at sea are making same observation.This is particularly the case of some African port officials who took part in the work of its 17th edition of the World Conference “Cities & Ports”.

“Senegal is in the process of building the multifunctional Port of Ndayaane, and in this regard, we believe that Tanger Med can be a leading benchmark for us,” said Moussa Sy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Autonomous Port of Dakar. .

A legacy of 24,000 billion dollars
In addition to the influence of Moroccan ports, there was a lot of talk in the conference discussions of integrating the development of the city’s ports and respect for the environment.

“It is impossible to achieve the UN’s sustainable development agenda if we ignore the protection of the oceans and if we are not able to define strategies for the balanced use of their abundant resources”, the International Association of Port Cities (AIVP) said.

It should be noted that according to the United Nations, the annual turnover of the ocean economy is estimated at between 3,000 and 6,000 billion dollars, while the environmental NGO WWF estimates the world’s ocean heritage at at least 24,000 billion.

Nizar Baraka

Minister of Equipment and Water

“Morocco aims to adopt a national strategy for a sustainable and inclusive blue economy, adapted to regional vocations and spread around traditional economic sectors (fishing, tourism and port activities), while developing new growth sectors with high growth potential. growth (aquaculture, ecotourism, biotechnology, shipbuilding, etc.).

Edouard Philippe

Former French Prime Minister and President of the AIVP

“The goal we share is clear: to ensure the prosperity of our ports and their ideal nature in terms of their environmental footprint, indicating that cities, ports and all maritime stakeholders have agreed to activities in the ports continue to thrive. without threatening our blue lungs which are the ocean “.

mohamed ouanaya

CEO of Tangier City Port Development Company

“The Tangier City port area conversion project, initiated by HM the King, aims to enable the Strait city to position itself as a major destination for cruise and pleasure tourism in a long-term. international scale, to create there a place for everyone and to do so while respecting the rich history of the place ”.

Abdellah Benahmed / ECO Inspirations

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