THE PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY PARTICIPATES IN LATIN AMERICAN CONGRESS OF PORTS.

 

From August 26 to 29, 2014, the General Directorate of Ports and Auxiliary Maritime Industries of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) participated in the XXIII Latin American Congress of Ports, in the city of Puerto Iguazú, Misiones Province (Argentina). This activity was organized by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in a strategic alliance with the Government of Misiones, with the Argentinian Port Council and the Port Authorities of Bahia Blanca, Quequén, Buenos Aires, Rosario, La Plata and Madryn.

This event stands out as the most important business meeting of the region. The major port projects on our continent are presented and discussed in this congress. It is also the propitious environment for the exchange of ideas and information. Herein, the diverse port authorities, operators, service providers and leading business within the maritime industry have the opportunity of establishing and developing new relations between themselves.

Representatives from the Port Authorities and the Private Sector gave master lectures as part of this conference. Among the most important issues addressed stood out: “Global economy and its impact on international port business”, “Approach of the Argentinian ports and their integration into the rest of Latin America”, “Port Operators’ Strategy - Logistics and Environmental Sustainability” and “Waterways and river ports.” Mr. Gerardo Varela (Eng.), Director General of Ports and Auxiliary Maritime Industries provided a lecture on the topic: “The Vision of Latin American Ports in their Continental and Global Integration”. In his lecture, he highlighted the development of the Panamanian port sector and its impact on the economy of the country.

The Delegation of the Panama Maritime Authority was led by Mr. Gerardo Varela (Eng.), Director General of Ports and Auxiliary Maritime Industries and Mrs. Meredith Pinedo, head of the Department of Control and Compliance of Ports.

The participation of the Panama Maritime Authority in this congress marks a first approach, on behalf of its new administration led by Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty, to the other Port Authorities of the Americas. This approach aims to strengthen the commitment to comply with the development activities and to actively participate in meetings organized by the American Association of Port Authorities.