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XXV LATIN AMERICAN
CONGRESS OF PORTS
By Tom Hranac

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APA celebrated a milestone
by bringing together a record
number of industry leaders for
its 25th annual Latin American
Congress of Ports in Mérida, Yucatán,
Mexico. Continuing to strengthen its
status as the premier port conference in
Latin America, the Congress gathered
more than 400 delegates from 32 countries
and four continents from November 29 to
December 2, 2016.
In recognition of a quarter century
exchanging valuable industry best practices in Latin America, "The Agenda of
Latin American Ports for the Next 25
Years" served as the focus of the summit.
A number of issues emerged throughout
the conference as 40 speakers from 11
countries discussed projects and presented their perspectives on the future
of the region and its ports.
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While it was evident that there was a
general sense of uncertainty about shortterm economic outlooks for Latin America
due to the possible effects of recent election results in Europe and the U.S.,
long-term forecasts for investment were
overwhelmingly positive despite current
downturns in parts of the region.
Speakers also acknowledged that looking toward the future requires an awareness of the past and debated new strategies
to tackle issues that have historically
hindered development in Latin America.
Lack of connectivity infrastructure, sluggish consumer demand, excessive bureaucracy, low productivity and failed attempts
to diversify exports were all identified as
obstacles to overcome in order to stimulate
greater regional prosperity.
Even with these existing challenges, the
region's ports were taking proactive steps

to accommodate and encourage future
growth through public-private partnerships. Perhaps there was no better
example set forth at the Congress than
that of host country Mexico, which is
currently investing a total of $5 billion
dollars in 25 port projects throughout
the nation,whose goal is to double the
country's port capacity by the end of
2018.
However, speakers agreed that the
strategic agenda for the ports of the
future could not depend on investment
alone. The impact of new technologies
on port operations, the continual evolution of the shipping industry, the effects
of the Panama Canal expansion and
port-community relations were determined to be other driving factors that
would affect Latin American port business in the future.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2017

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Ports’ Power as Conveners
FAST Act Impact
Following Up on the Funding Trail
Infrastructure Coordination: Competing Globally, Acting Locally
A Digital Vision of Leadership: Using Technology to Improve the Supply Chain in Los Angeles
XXV Latin American Congress of Ports
Every American, Every Day is Impacted by Port Activities
LED Lighting – The Right Choice for Ports?
Index of Advertisers
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