The Association of Indian Ocean Islands Ports (L’Association des ports des îles de l’océan Indien - APIOI) was created on May 8, 2007 in Tamatave, Madagascar, with the aim of creating a cooperation dynamic between the ports of the region, in order to better defend their common interests and jointly study the challenges and opportunities facing them.
Today it brings together the ports of Moroni, Mutsamudu, Boingoma, Victoria, Port Louis, Ehoala, Toamasina, Longoni, as well as the Grand Port Maritime de La Réunion, its headquarters. The collective observations carried out by the member ports of the association, promote the establishment of common objectives and to act in a concerted manner for the development of the whole region.
The promotion of the Indian Ocean region is at the heart of APIOI's mission, which aims to transform it in an attractive zone, while highlighting the singularity of its members. Thus, acknowledging on the one hand the need to think about a regional development strategy for the ports of the Indian Ocean and their harmonious integration into their environment, the APIOI emphasises and wishes on the other hand to preserve the identity and the natural assets of each territory.
APIOI's projects focus on activities related to fishing, yachting, sustainable development, training, security and safety within ports. Cruise industry is also an important area of cooperation between the different port authorities and is the subject matter of a specific committee set up within the association..