Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille, is heading a delegation of business people, politicians and cultural representatives paying a three-day visit to Hamburg from Wednesday (September 26-28, 2018) to mark the 60th anniversary of the partnership between both cites. The visit comes after Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, travelled to France in mid July with a delegation. The representatives are aiming for greater co-operation between both ports and in urban development.
“Letter of Intent” and conference on business development
The delegation from Marseille will visit HafenCity including the virtual reality headquarters and the Elbphilharmonie. Their agenda also includes a visit to Hamburg Invest and Airbus in Finkenwerder. Both mayors will sign a “Letter of Intent” between the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille (GPMM) as well as a co-operation agreement between HafenCity GmbH and the Marseilles Euroméditerranée urban development project on September 27, 2018. Gaudin will host a conference on business development at Hamburg’s Hotel Le Méridien later on Thursday. Registration for the conference: firstname.lastname@example.org
Town twinning renewed in 2008
The “partnership oath” between Hamburg and Marseille dates back to former mayors Max Brauer and Gaston Deferre and was regarded as a huge step forward in co-operation between countries that had been enemies for a long time. Under the agreement, Hamburg and Marseille committed to “mutual understanding, fraternity and co-operation”. The original agreement was renewed and substantiated on the occasion of the 50th anniversary in 2008 and involved Gaudin, who has been Mayor of Marseille since 1995.