The new Blue/Maritime mega initiative – the Blue Valley initiative – has officially opened its secretariat today, in the same city and exactly one year after the new Suez Canal mega project was inaugurated one year ago, i.e. in Ismailia, Egypt, on 6 August 2016.
Inspired by the Suez Canal/Suez Canal Economic Zone mega project, the idea took off in Alexandria 31 March 2015 at Marlog 4. A maritime conference focused on “A Sustainable Development Perspective for Mega Projects”.
At the conference it became clear that new construction models and working methods made it possible to build up a truly neutral and cross-global working platform, as well as a connected land area, which in new and stronger ways (and with far less barriers) could inspire, enhance and support local, national, regional and global Blue/Maritime innovation, development and collaboration – and in sustainable ways.
Since then the Blue Valley initiative developed with speed, and in November 2015 a significant charity donation made it possible to take off for real.
Less than a year after, on 22 February 2016, the work and support had reached a level, where it was clear that the initiative had passed the point of no return – and it was also clear that the idea of building up this new Blue/Maritime innovation city at the Suez Canal area, at the very heart of the Arab world, was supported internationally – for all the right reasons.
Today, as the doors are opened to the Blue/Maritime world, the Blue Valley initiative consists of three legs:
- – the cross-global research/innovation, development and collaboration working platform, where the first 10 strong universities, academia and private organization meet for the first time in Ismailia 2-4 November 2016, to find out if and how they can use this new initiative.
- – an upcoming land area on Sinai, just across the old Ismailia city, which gives all maritime stakeholders a chance to move in, to participate and to develop more efficiently by being closely linked to the strong cross-global working platform, the secretariat .. and each other.
- – a support function which already now assists and supports spin-off initiatives and other external blue/maritime initiatives (as construction secure collaboration – not competition) linked to the Blue Valley initiative’s Vision: “The Blue Valley initiative vision is to become an international magnet and global hub and incubator for Blue/Maritime sustainable innovation, development and collaboration, which also enhance a fast regional sustainable development and stability in the Arab League countries – and beyond (globally)”
Those who want to hear more about their possibilities to support or becoming party to this mega initiative, or for further information in general, please contact the secretariat.Alternatively, more information can be found on the newly launched website www.bluevally.me .