“Preliminary figures indicate 4.2 million TEUs moved in Panama’s ports up until the month of August, 20% more than in the same period last year,” said the administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Roberto Linares, at a recent World Bank workshop in Panama.
“Panama is seeking to become the Logistics Platform of the Americas using as a framework the objectives of the National Maritime Strategy (MNEs), which in turn are embedded in the Strategic Government Plan 2010 -2014,” said the Secretary General of the AMP and Executive Secretary of the National Maritime Strategy Commission’s Advisory Agency on National Maritime Strategy (CICEMN), Maria Isabel Spiegel de Miro.
The words of the two were made during the Workshop entitled “Coordination Workshop for Members of the CICEMN,” an event attended by the highest level representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, the Panama Chamber of Shipping, the Panamanian Maritime Law Association, the Panamanian Association of Business Executives, the Secretariat of Science and Technology (SENACYT), the National Customs Authority, the Panama Canal Authority, among other guests.
The activity was sponsored by the World Bank through the Spanish Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (SFLAC) as part of technical assistance grants for the Implementation of the MNE.
Administrator Linares, in his opening remarks, said that the Panamanian economy continues its dynamic growth, supported by the profits derived from shipping activities and logistics, including registration of ships, with more than 9,121 flagged, representing 23% of the world fleet and the (Panamanian) ports, where up to August this year, they had moved more than 117,000 units of rolling cargo and by the end of this year, according to the Automobile Dealers Association auto sales will exceed 40,000 units, about 2.452 more than last year.
“In terms of TEU’s movement, the preliminary figures point to 4.2 million TEUs up until the month of August, 20% more than in the same period last year. The effect of growth on these activities and others that are part of the logistics sector, has generated an estimated 10% growth in GDP in the first half of this year, “said Linares.