introduction

The Permanent Secretariat of SELA and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, through its CAF-LOGRA program, undertook in 2014 the “Programme for the Creation of the Latin American Network of Digital and Cooperative Ports – Strengthening logistic port communities, service standards and technology innovation for a globalized, logitistically competitive and sustainable foreign trade” (hereinafter, D&C Port Network Programme). The programme displays a new inter-institutional and technical cooperation scheme to strenghten public policies for the domestic port sector and enforce technical recommendations in individual port systems.

Since then, the Network of Ports has focused on building a reference model of institutional and technological innovation for logistic port communities, incorporating international best practices according to the specific realities of the participating countries. In this regard, institutional, operational and technological lines of action have been established to help close gaps in sustainability and logistics competitiveness.

The D&C Port Network comprises public, private and regional agencies, namely ministries of transportation, national institutes, established port communities, port authorities, maritime authorities, professional associations, universities and enterprises linked to the maritime and port sector.

Since May 2021, representatives of SELA and CAF-development bank of Latin America, as well as the Steering Committee of the Network, have held progressive meetings in order to outline the roadmap for the upcoming years, consolidate the internal operations, set strategic goals, and keep working on regional integration in transit to a new stage of the Network.

In this context, the General Assembly of the Steering Committee and Members of the Network of Digital and Collaborative Ports was held on 24 November 2021, where the progress and results of the aforementioned meetings were presented. Furthermore, the need to consider the aspect of its institutionalisation and formalisation was highlighted, in order to maintain the levels of recognition, legitimacy and cohesion of the programme.

The VI Meeting will be a space to reunite the parties to the maritime-port sector, which will exhibit their advances and experiences in terms of intermodality, digitalization, sustainability, and port security, and learn about the best practices in the city-port relationship. This event is organised by the Permanent Secretariat of SELA, with the institutional support of CAF-development bank of Latin America and the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).

Objectives
  1. Show the status and development of port activities in Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of the pandemic and the prospects for the sector in the next few years.
  2. Discuss the initiatives at integration of inter-modal and infrastructure transport in the LAC countries.
  3. Show the progress made and the initiatives implemented in the region concerning port sustainability and the port-city relationship.
  4. Disclose the main challenges of security and cyber-security of ports, both at the level of operations and infrastructure, and safeguard and protection of information and data.
  5. Assess the issue of port digitalization as means to enliven growth and increase competitiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  6. Show the Network roadmap.
Information on the event

Venue and date

The VI Latin American and Caribbean Meeting of Logistic Port Communities and the Meeting of the Network Steering Committee and Members (for members only) to be held in Panama City, Panama on 16 to 18 March 2022. This will be a hybrid (live and virtual) event.

Live. Hotel Riu Plaza Panama

Virtual: https://bit.ly/3IQoANL

Languages: The official languages will be Spanish and English. There will be simultaneous interpretation.

Health and immigration information
To consult the "Travel Requirements and Protocols for Health Emergencies" established by the Government of Panama please visit the following link:
https://www.atp.gob.pa/asistencia-y-licencias/covid-19/  

It is recommended to consult with the Embassy or Consulate of Panama of your country, the requirements and immigration permits that you must comply with to enter Panama, as the case may be.
Contact

If you need additional support:

Permanent Secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA)

  • Elisabet Torres
    Analyst of Studies and Proposals
    Telephones: +582129557109
    E-mail: etorres@sela.org
Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday, 16 March 2022

8:15 – 9:00

Registration

09:00-09:30

 OPENING SESSION – WELCOME REMARKS

  • E Erika Mouynes, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama.
  • Ambassador Clarems Endara (Spanish), Permanent Secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA).
  • Antonio Silveira, Manager of Physical Infrastructure and Digital Transformation at CAF-development bank of Latin America.
  • Edgar Patiño, President of the National Port Authority of Peru.
  • Noriel Araúz, AMP Administrator and Minister of maritime affairs.
  • Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

09:30-12:00

SESSION I
OUTLOOK OF THE PORT ACTIVITY IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PANDEMIC

Moderator: Jorge Barnett, Managing Director at Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center.

Speakers:

  • Ricardo Sánchez, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, International Trade and Integration Division at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
  • Luisa Rodríguez, Economic Affairs Officer of the UNCTAD. COVID impacts on container port traffic.
  • Mauricio Bayona Pulido, Senior Specialist, IDB Transportation Division, Panama Country Office. Global supply chain crisis (Spanish)
  • Tomás Douglas. Adviser to the General Directorate of Ports and Maritime Ancillary Industries of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP). Panama, a look at port activity (Spanish)
  • Carmen Ivone Gómez, Deputy Directorate for Operations Design and Management of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia.
  • Fausto Arroyo, Senior Executive of the Infrastructure Technical Analysis and Evaluation Department of CAF-development bank of Latin America. The Network of Digital and Collaborative Ports in pandemic.(Spanish).

Objective: Address issues such as freight increases and the supply chain crisis; in addition, show the region’s port performance in the context of the pandemic and the prospects for the sector in the next few yearss.

12:00-12:20

Coffee Break / Official photo

12:20 – 14:00

SESSION II
INTERMODAL TRANSPORT: EXPERIENCE IN THE REGION

Moderator:  Mario Chong, Professor of the Faculty of Engineering, Universidad del Pacífico of Peru. Director of the Peruvian Association of Logistics Professionals (APPROLOG).

Speakers:

  • Carlos Martner, Integrated Transport and Logistics Coordinator, Mexican Transportation Institute. Analysis of intermodal connectivity in Mexican ports: a methodological approach (Spanish).
  • Juan Carlos Croston, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Manzanillo International Terminal-Panama. D&C Ports (Spanish)
  • Guacolda Vargas, Development and Sustainability Manager of the Talcahuano-San Vicente Port Community and President of the Port Logistics Community of Talcahuano, Chile.
  • Ángel Elías, President of the Latin American Delegation of the American Association of Port Authorities in Virginia, USA; and Secretary of the Fundación Polo Logístico Region Rosario- Santa Fe, Argentina.

Objective: Discuss the initiatives at integration of intermodal and infrastructure transport in the LAC countries.

14:00-15:30

Lunch

15:30 – 17:00

SESSION III
STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF PORTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES

Moderator:  Guimara Tuñón Guerra, Chief Operating Officer of the Maritime Policy Bureau and President of the PortMujer Network.

Speakers:

Objective:  Present the progress made and the initiatives implemented in the region concerning port sustainability and the port-city relationship.

Welcome Cocktail

Day 2: Thursday, 17 March 2022

 

09:00–11:00

SESSION IV
PORT SECURITY AND CYBER-SECURITY 

Moderator: Frank Pretell, Director at Harren & Partner Ship Management, Peru Branch.

Speakers:

Objective: Disclose the main challenges of security and cyber-security of ports, both at the level of operations and infrastructure, and safeguard and protection of information and data.

11:00–11:20

Coffee Break

11:20–13:30

SESSION V
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF PORTS

Moderator: Cinthia Pérez, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Production Sciences (FIMCP) of ESPOL, Ecuador.

Speakers:

Objective: Assess the issue of port digitalization as means to enliven growth and increase competitiveness in Latin America.

13:30–14:00

CLOSURE OF THE EVENT; RECOGNITIONS AND FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Ana Margarita Reyes, Deputy Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority.
  • Lucia Meza, Representative of CAF-Development Bank of Latin America in Panama.
  • Edgar Patiño, President of the National Port Authority of Peru.
  • Ambassador Clarems Endara, Permanent Secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA).

14:00 – 15:30

Lunch

MEETING OF THE NETWORK STEERING COMMITTEE AND MEMBERS (for members only)

 

15:30-17:00

  • Expanded meeting of the Steering Committee.
  • Formation of the Technical Committees.

Day 3: Friday, 18 March 2022

 

Technical visit to Panamanian port facilities.

 

 

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