Asociación para la Colaboración entre Puertos y Ciudades // Association for the Collaboration between Ports and Cities

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Press presentation of the international conference of port cities RETE-Port of Seville

Thursday, 17 de June, 2021

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On 24 and 25 June, the Port of Seville will bring together more than a hundred professionals to debate and exchange experiences on the integration of the port and the city.

The Port Authority of Seville (APS) and the association for collaboration between ports and cities, RETE, have organised the international seminar ‘Port and city integration: a new model of relationship to favour coexistence’ for 24 and 25 June.

The meeting, which will take place in the auditorium of the Aquarium of Seville in the Muelle de las Delicias, aims to analyse cases of success in the processes of integration between the quayside and the urban fabric in port cities. To this end, four round tables have been organized which will deal with: the port-city relations of the Andalusian ports; success stories of Latin American ports; sustainability, technology and logistics in the integration process; city planning, culture, economy and society.

The seminar will also advance the work being carried out by the Port Authority of Seville in the process of creating the new urban port district. In the words of Rafael Carmona, president of the APS, during today’s presentation of the meeting, “we are very pleased to host this event, which coincides with a very important moment for us: the transformation of the Tablada dock and its integration into the city“. In this sense, Carmona pointed out that “RETE is an essential support in the process. We already have their advice in the selection of the Technical Office in charge of drawing up the master plan for the urban port district and we will continue to collaborate through their experience and knowledge at the service of port cities“.

This Technical Office will participate in a presentation to present the strategic bases of the new urban port district of Seville, based on habitability, inclusiveness, connectivity and identity.

For her part, the President of RETE and also of the Bay of Cadiz Port Authority, Teófila Martínez, underlined the “necessary and essential relationship between ports and cities”, and the need to understand it as “a project where there are neither losers nor winners, but in which everyone benefits”. Along these lines, she pointed out that “more than integrating, it is necessary to share and, for a project to be successful, it is necessary to approach the processes not only as a physical transformation, but also from a cultural and social point of view“. To this end, Martínez stressed that “RETE brings all its experience and scientific knowledge”.

The meeting will include the participation of Puertos del Estado, which will give a presentation on how the new Strategic Framework of the national port system addresses the integration of port and city.

Around 200 people are expected to follow the conference, both from the Aquarium Auditorium and through the YouTube channel of the Port of Seville. This forum is aimed at public administrations such as port authorities, city councils… which play an important role in the port-city integration process. Likewise, as it is a space for scientific-technical debate, it will also be attended by universities, and those companies, associations and organisations linked to sectors such as architecture, tourism, innovation and technology… among others.

The event will be attended by speakers and participants of all nationalities, mainly from Italy, Portugal, Uruguay, Argentina and Spain.

For more information on the programme or to register, please click on the following link: