IAPH Board and Council discuss 2021 work programme

Members of the IAPH Board and Council held online meetings on 24 November to discuss the work programme for 2021 and several other organisational matters. IAPH President Santiago Garcia Milà said working year 2021 will be a transitional year in which the organisational changes adopted in 2020 would see their full-scale implementation, capitalising on the increased visibility through the work of the WPSP COVID-19 Task Force and investing in value added for and engagement of members. Working year 2021 is intended to achieve maturity in operations and membership services, so that membership can be consolidated and increase steadily. Next to the already established work plans for the IAPH Technical Committees, the 2021 work programme also outlines priorities under the World Ports Sustainability Program, revitalisation of the Women’s Forum and African Ports Agenda as well as new initiatives regarding capacity building, data analysis and membership engagement. Public events centre around the World Ports Conference, which is scheduled to be held in virtual or hybrid format in Antwerp during the last week of June. An overall rebranding of IAPH completes the agenda, building on the (re)brands of the World Ports Sustainability Program, the World Ports Conference and Ports & Harbors magazine. The Board furthermore discussed the first outline of the 2021 budget and took note of the progress made with the upgrading of the Environmental Ship Index (ESI). Board members also formally appointed Peter Mollema (Port of Rotterdam) and Edvard Molitor (Port of Gothenburg) as chair and vice-chair of the Climate and Energy Committee and Tessa Major (Port of Açu) and Pascal Ollivier (Maritime Street) respectively as chair of the Risk and Resilience and Data Collaboration Committees. You can consult the 2021 IAPH Work Programme here.

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