From June 16 to 19, representatives from the Central American Commission of Maritime Transport will gather in Panama, to participate at the XXVII Meeting of Port Companies of the Central American Isthmus.

This event will gather the top executives from the public and private port administration from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. They will address issues such as supply chain, short distance sea shipping, the economic feasibility of port infrastructure projects, port security, port health and safety. A delegation from the Dominican Republic will also attend this event.

The event will have the intervention of renowned lecturers.
•          Ms. Ana Reyes, coordinator of the logistics department of the Secretariat of competitiveness and logistics
•          Mr. Oscar Bazán,  Executive Vice-President of business planning and development of the Panama Canal Authority
•          Mr. Paul Gallie, CEO of APM Terminals Moin LTD Company
•          Mr. Roberto Cardona, Director General of Honduras’ Merchant Marine
•          Mr. Edgar Urrutia, DB Schenker Central America’s Regional Manager
•          Mr. Alfonso Múnera Cavadía, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States
•          Mr. Edgar Pineda, Sales Director of Panama Ports Company
•          Mr. Carlos Urriola, Executive Vice-President of Manzanillo International Terminal
•          Mr. Ivor Pitty, national coordinator of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime  (UNODC)
•          Mr. Tomás Ávila, Secretary General of the Panama Maritime Authority
•          Mr. Gerardo Varela, Director General of the Directorate of Ports and Maritime Ancillary Industries of the Panama Maritime Authority

The Meeting of Port Companies of the Central American Isthmus takes place one a year. The member countries can nominate themselves to host this event. This meeting aims to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences concerning the port issues. Furthermore, this meeting is the permanent forum for the port companies from Central

America. The Central American Commission of Maritime Transport takes care of its secretariat.
The meeting focuses on the technological advances in port matters, organizational and legislative improvements, expansion and modernization plans, compliance with international standards and environmental protection.