From 14 to 25 November 2016, 21 female African executives attended a programme on ‘La gestion portuaire au féminin' (Port Management by Women) », organised by IPER and HAROPA - Port du Havre, under the aegis of the Internal Maritime Organisation (IMO). Initiated in 2008, this advanced operational training programme is based on a tried and tested model, and participates fully in the dynamics of a maximum integration of women into the maritime and port sector, together with an action in support of gender equality in the industry to meet the port challenges of today and tomorrow. In this way, the programme is a lever to serve directly the 3rd UNO Millenium Development Goal: ‘Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women'.
Evolution in Port Authorities, City-Port Relationships, Environment Protection, Security and Safety Stakes, Mastering Strategic Decision Making Tools, are but a few of the topics addressed by the experts commissioned for this session. In addition, technical visits are organised (HAROPA Port du Havre and Port de Rouen, Harbourmaster's Office, Pilotage Simulators, etc.) to allow these female professionals to put their newly acquired knowledge into perspective with field realities and to apply them in their own organisations.