Governance: improving the economies of Le Havre, Rouen, Paris, and Caen and their surrounding regions


14/09/2011 - Event open to the media at OECD headquarters, 2 rue André Pascal, Monday 19 September, 11:00 – 12:30

What: A new OECD report, The Competitiveness of Port-Cities: The Case of the Seine Axis, outlines the economies of the Seine-Axis ports of Le Havre, Rouen, Paris, and Caen, reviewing the impact of these ports on the surrounding regions and assessing their development policies and governance.


Who: Olaf Merk, manager of OECD’s port-cities programme and the author of the report, will outline the findings, followed by comments from Antoine Rufenacht, president of the Agence d’Urbanisme de la Région du Havre at l’Estuaire de la Seine.  Representatives from the cities and regions noted in the review will also be present.


This event is open to the media. If you would like to attend, please contact


For more information about OECD’s study Port-Cities of the Seine Axis, or an advance copy of the report under embargo, please contact Olaf Merk in OECD’s Public Governance and Territorial Development directorate by e-mail: or phone + 33.1.45241660.


Further information about OECD work on port-cities is available at:


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