The shipping sector plays a prevailing part in the growth of developing countries. The ports in emerging countries have nevertheless to often cope with numerous challenges in terms of the efficiency of the logistics chain, of investments in infrastructures, etc. It is within this scope that HAROPA - Port of Le Havre and the French Development Agency have concluded a partnership aiming at supporting the development of the maritime economy of these States by accompanying the ports in their changes through the know-how and expertise of Le Havre port.
“French ports, which are the driving forces of the economic development of our country, must carry out a role as prescriber. The Port of Le Havre’s experience in managing everyday life from all angles, its ability to lead large projects such as Port 2000, its ability to take into account new technologies or the environmental protection, are as much know-how of great interest for the ports in emerging countries,” Christophe Gauthier, Director for Project management and engineering HAROPA - Port of Le Havre, explains.
The recent cooperation between the port, the AFD and the Indonesian Directorate General of Sea Transportation is the perfect example of it. The aim is strengthening the abilities of Indonesian port authorities in order to improve the efficiency of the management in Indonesian ports.
This partnership, financed by the AFD, gathers the Havre expertise through six training sessions delivered in Le Havre and Jakarta. The aim of it is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of Indonesian managers in the management and operation of their respective ports. It groups together the representatives of about thirty Indonesian Port Authorities from the main ports of the archipelago.
For 15 days, the participants follow a high-level training programme in port management with experts of the Port of Le Havre but also of the Havre port community. Several subjects are tackled: port and maritime economy, role and competence of a port in the logistics chain, information systems and performance indicators, etc.
Recognized abroad, the “Green Port” policy of the port of Le Havre, voted “Best green port” by the port professionals and Supply Chain experts in the Asia-Pacific area, also forms part of this wide programme. An opportunity for Indonesian stakeholders to get familiar with the concept of more environmentally-friendly port management by being informed about the actions carried out in Le Havre and along the Seine corridor.
The programme started in 2018 and will end in late 2019. Three training and exchange sessions are organized in Jakarta and three additional in Le Havre in order to immerse the participants as close as possible to the leading port for the external trade of France. The next training and exchange sessions will be held from June 24th to June 28th, 2019 in Le Havre, and then, from October 28th to November 9th, in Surabaya.
About HAROPA – Port of Le Havre
Enjoying an exceptional location on the west coast of Europe, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre, the #1 French port for foreign trade and the 5th ranking port on the North Europe range for container traffic, each year berths nearly 6,000 vessels including the largest containerships in the world. Accessible 24/7, it handles more than 70 million tonnes of goods each year and supplies nearly 40% of French crude oil imports.
A member of HAROPA, the #1 French port system, alongside the ports of Rouen and Paris, Le Havre is a fast shipping outlet to every continent for the world's shipping lines with nearly 700 ports of call. One of the largest port complexes in Europe, HAROPA has nearly 500 hectares of land available or suitable for conversion along the Seine corridor. The port supports its customers in setting up and managing competitive and sustainable logistics systems to serve the largest consumer marketplace in Europe with some 25 million inhabitants.
AFD is an inclusive public financial institution and the main actor in France’s development policy. It engages and supports projects that genuinely improve the everyday-lives of people, in developing and emerging countries as well as in the French overseas territories. AFD works in many sectors – energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technologies, training – and supports the transition to a safer, more equitable and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 109 countries and is currently supporting over 3,600 development projects.
AFD started its operations in Indonesia in 2007 with a mandate focusing on the fight against climate change. Since then, AFD has mobilized more than € 2 bn in Indonesia, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to preserve common goods.