AAPA’s Latin American Ports Congress will analyze world transport and commerce

With the opening of the Uruguayan Minister of Transport, Victor Rossi, who will detail his vision of the country’s logistics projection, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will hold its 16th Latin American Ports Congress from November 6 to 9 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, hosted by the National Ports Administration of that country.

The themes of the Congress are framed in how trade and transport advances in the dilemma of a new world order between globalization and protectionism, with prospects in the region’s port-maritime industry.

Likewise, there will be an analysis of how the digital revolution, the development of waterways and the optimization and sustainability of operations will affect the activity; it was reported in a statement.

Oscar Bazán of the ACP.

Oscar Bazán of the ACP.

Executives and managers of port administrations, operating companies and suppliers, will analyze the issues that make up the day to day and future prospects of the port industry in the region. Speakers will include Carlos Urriola, Executive Vice President of Manzanillo International Terminal Panama (MIT), Giovanni Benedetti, Commercial Manager of the Regional Port Society of Cartagena, Colombia; Yurik Díaz, Manager of the Port Terminals Division at SAAM, Chile; and Paul Gallie, Chief of the Americas for Portek and Head of Portfolio Development and Infrastructure for the Americas for Mitsui & Co., in Mexico.

In addition, the event will be attended by Antonio Domínguez, Director of Maersk; Juan Carlos Muñoz Menna, President of the Center of River and Maritime Shipowners of Paraguay; Oscar Bazán, Executive Vice President of Planning and Business Development of the Panama Canal; and Gonzalo Mórtola, Auditor of the AGP, of the port of Buenos Aires, moderated by Alejandro González, President of the Uruguayan Navigation Center.

A regional reality such as the projection and the search to optimize the logistics function of the waterways will be analyzed by Rafael Farromeque, Senior Specialist, Leader of the Regional Development Program of the South American Waterways of CAF (Latin American Development Bank) with Adalberto Tokarski, Director of the National Waterways Transportation Agency of Brazil (ANTAQ).

Also participating in this debate will be Walker San Miguel Rodríguez, General Secretary of the Andean Community and Juan Carlos Venesia, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Development Program of the Paraná Paraguay Waterway in Argentina; Moderated by Bernardo Gastón Silbermann, president of the Uruguayan Delegation to the Uruguay River Administrative Commission.

The space for the prospects of the bulk terminals will take place with the experiences in optimization of the performance and greener operations by Antonio Seville Recio, President of the Port of Cartagena of Spain; Pablo Pussetto, President of the Bahía Blanca Port Management Consortium of Argentina and Nicholas Ingle, Executive Director of Dry Bulk Terminals Group of England.

Also on a particular panel on special projects: Tessa Major, Port Project Manager of the Port of Antwerp (PAI); Ramón Rull Magre, Director of Efficiency and Competitiveness Mark of the Port of Barcelona, Spain and Rodolfo Sabonge, Director of MTCC, Latin America, moderated by Guimara Tuñón Guerra, Director General of Auxiliary Maritime industries of the Panama Maritime Authority.

The analysis and closing debate will be in charge of several of the different port authorities of the Continent, such as Fernando Gamboa Rosas, Director General of Development and Port Administration of Mexico; Ángel Elías, President of ENAPRO and the Argentine Port Council; Arturo Rojas, President of the Board of Management of the Port of Quequén in Argentina; Víctor Julio González Riascos, General Manager of the Buenaventura Regional Port Company, Colombia and Francisco Javier González, President of Empresa Portuaria Arica de Chile; Moderated by the dynamic expertise of Miguel Garín-Alemany of the Valencia Ports Foundation of Spain.

In short, the Congress will provide technical and professional knowledge in both management and infrastructure development and data on the implementation of transport policies and ports in particular. In addition to the meeting and exchange with the maritime-maritime logistics community of the Continent, including European participants, is added the environment of a jewel of the tourism area of the Southern Cone as it is at Punta del Este.

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