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25th and 26th November 2021

The time has come to meet in person again! Finally, after 2 years marked by covid restrictions, numerous video calls, home office and travel limitations, AIVP members will have again an opportunity to meet in person. On the 25th and 26th of November, a new edition of the AIVP Days and the General Assembly will take place in Brussels, Belgium. In cooperation with the Port Authority and the Municipality, we have programmed a rich event, both for the internal functioning of our organization and the content programme.


This meeting will mark the end of the successful 6 years presidency of Mr. Philippe Matthis and the start of a new era in AIVP, with a new president. We will have an opportunity to reflect on the hard past months and present the plans for the future of our organisation.


During the two days of the Port & City Days by AIVP we will host several keynote speeches and roundtables on the different key topics relevant for the present and future of port cities worldwide. We will discuss about main issues related to the AIVP Agenda 2030, such as climate change adaptation, protection of biodiversity, the global challenge of having quality food for all, the restart of cruises and tourism after covid-19 or blue economy and innovation ecosystems in port cities.


A major highlight will be the high-level political roundtable of the first day, to discuss the recent policy package “Fit for 55” presented by the EU. This session, with the confirmed presence of Mr. Edouard Philippe (Mayor of Le Havre and former Prime Minister of France) will have a special focus on the energy transition in the maritime sector and urban energy demands. We will also debate on the consequences of the EU Green Deal and its repercussions on the global context.


See you in Brussels!



Day One

Thursday 25th November

11:00 – 11:3

8:30 – 9:30

9.30 – 11:00 

11:30 – 12:15

12:15 – 12:45

12:45 – 16:15

16:15 – 17:15

17:15 – 17:45


2021 General Assembly

Coffee Break

Presentation of AIVP Products | Board of Directors’ Meeting

Handover of the presidency of the AIVP

Visit of the Port by boat and lunch on board (limited places)

With the participation of Brussels Port, Brussels Port Community and Brussels City Dev

Round table - Ports and Cities steering for the energy transition: ambitions, policies, and pitfall

Goal 2 of the AIVP Agenda 2030

Moderator: OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (tbc.)


  • Édouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre, former French PM

  • Karima Delli, Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the EU parliament

  • Mario Cordero, Executive Director of Port of Long Beach, Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) 

  • More speakers to be announced

World Conference Cities and Ports – Tangier 2022


  • Mario Girard, VP of AIVP, CEO of Port of Quebec

  • Mohammed Ameur, Moroccan Ambassador for EU 

  • Mohamed Ouanaya, CEO de la Société D’aménagement Pour La Reconversion De La Zone Portuaire De Tanger Ville

17:45 – 18:30

Free Transfer to City Hall of Brussels (10 minutes walking distance)

18:30 – 20:30

Reception - City Hall of Brussels

Day Two

Friday 26th November | Blue Economy and Port Cities

8:30 – 9:00

9:00 – 9:10

9:10 – 9:40

9:40 – 10:55

10:55 – 11:15

11:15 – 11:45

11:45 – 13:00

13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:15

15:15 – 16:30




  • Mario Girard, VP of AIVP and CEO of Port of Quebec

Port Cites: connecting the dots in the Blue Economy

Keynote Speaker:

Innovation ecosystems in port cities: from plans to actions

Moderator: Isabelle Grippa CEO HUB Brussel, Belgium


  • Nadia Laraki, General Manager of Moroccan National Ports Agency

  • Bilbao Port Authority

  • Euroméditerranée

  • Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO of Port of Halifax

  • More speakers to be announced

Coffee Break

Quality food for all: What role for Port Cities?​

Goal 7 of the AIVP Agenda 2030

Keynote Speaker:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) tbc.

Coastal and river port cities reacting to climate change

Goal 1 of the AIVP Agenda 2030

Moderator: Sebastien Dupray, Deputy technical director in charge of risks, waters and maritime, CEREMA



Cruises and Tourism in Port Cities after Covid 19

Goal 9 of the AIVP Agenda 2030

Moderator: Aimilia Papachristou, MedCruise General Secretary


Protecting Biodiversity in Port Cities

Goal 10 of the AIVP Agenda 2030

Moderator: Chantal van Ham, Acting Director European Regional Office at IUCN, (tbc.)


16:30 – 16:45



Useful Information

Event Venue
Hilton Brussels Grand Place hotel

This year, our Statutory General Assembly and AIVP Meetings will take place at the Hilton Hotel in the heart of the political capital of the 27, near the Grand Place in Brussels. For your comfort, the AIVP has also reserved a limited number of single and double rooms for its members. When you make your reservation, you can select the number of nights of your choice. The price is per room per night, including buffet breakfast and local taxes. Requests will be fulfilled according to availability at the time of receipt.

Central location in the heart of Brussels

Featuring chandelier-lit interiors, the hotel is next to Brussels Central railway station and three blocks from the iconic Grand Place, located within 10 minutes of Square Brussels Meeting Center and the Place Royale’s Museum district.

COVID travel guidelines:

Please check travel protocols and guidance before traveling.

Hilton is committed to providing you a safe and relaxing hotel stay. For information about their initiatives related to COVID, please visit

For more information about the evolving local health and safety requirements, please check local governments’ current guidance Covid-19 (

What to expect during your visit?

Hilton is committed to providing a safe, enjoyable experience from check-in to check-out. Learn more at Face coverings may be required. Please contact the hotel for more information.

Available: Executive Lounge, Fitness Center.

Available but with modified service: Breakfast, On-site Restaurant(s), Room Service.

Temporarily not available: Business Center.


Arrival time:

Check-in: 2:00 PM

Check-out: 12:00 PM



Hilton Bruxelles Grand Place

Carrefour de l'Europe 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique

+32 2 548 42 11


Walking distance between the venue (Hilton Brussels Grand Place) and the reception venue (at the Brussels City Hall) on Thursday 25 November 2021: 4 minutes.

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Please download the registration form and return it filled in and signed to AIVP

Or by email to one of the following addresses of your choice:

Or by post to the following address:

AIVP - 5, quai de la Saône

76600 LE HAVRE - France


If you have any questions, you can contact the AIVP by telephone at +33 2 35 42 78 84 or +33 2 35 42 76 53.


Cancellations must be sent to AIVP by email or by post.

Cancellation received before 24th October 2021: refund of the registration fees.

Cancellation received after 24th October 2021, or you are failing to appear on the first day of meeting: no refund shall be granted.



Cancellations must be sent to AIVP by email or by post.

Cancellation before 24th October 2021: 50% of the total invoice for the nights remains due.

Cancellation after 24th October 2021: 100% of the invoice remains due.

Except in cases of force majeure linked to COVID-19, free cancellation up to the event subject to official medical proof.

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