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News Release
FOR RELEASE - May 13, 2010
Contact: Aaron Ellis,

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

Ecuador To Host 2010 Latin American Ports Summit

AAPA’s XIX Congress of Latin American Ports in Manta, July 6-9

The Manta Port Authority (APM), in partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), is finalizing organizational details of the XIX Congress of Latin American Ports, to be held July 6-9, in Manta, Ecuador.  The focus of this year's ports summit will be on the interrelationship between American, European and Asian ports in the face of new development possibilities.

The business agenda for the Latin American ports congress - featuring seaport directors and industry experts throughout the Americas - will be accompanied by a busy social program.  Conference activities include a reception hosted by the APM, a typical Mantanese festival on the beach, and opportunities to visit key sites around the region, such the Galapagos-one of the major tourist and scientific attractions of the world.

Congress speakers include (in order of appearance):

  • Agustín Díaz, managing director of the Curaçao Ports Authority - Netherlands Antilles;
  • Walter H. Kemmsies, Ph.D., senior economist for Moffatt & Nichol - U.S.;
  • Armando Duarte-Pelaez, director of Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta SA - Colombia;
  • Robert West, trade & transportation principal, Halcrow, Inc. - U.S.;
  • Roberto Salazar Bracco, president of the board, Port Authority of Manta - Ecuador;
  • Rodolfo Sabonge, VP, market research and analysis, Panama Canal Authority - Panama;
  • Larry CS Lam, chairman and managing director of Portek International Ltd. - Singapore;
  • Fernando González Laxe, president of State Ports - Spain;
  • Jorge S. Otharán, president of the board, Cosorcio de Gestión del Puerto de Bahia Blanca - Argentina;
  • Mario Cordero, vice chairman, Board of Harbor Commissioners, Port of Long Beach - U.S.;
  • Mauricio Suarez, general manager, Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Santa Marta SA - Colombia;
  • Allan Hidalgo Campos, legal department chief, Board of Port Administration and Economic Development, JAPDEVA - Atlantic Port Authority, Costa Rica;
  • Alejandro Hernandez, general director of ports, Ministry of Communications and Transport - Mexico;
  • Arbulú Mario Miranda, chairman, Empresa Nacional Portuaria SA - Peru;
  • Manuel Almira, executive director, Port of Palm Beach District - U.S.;
  • Alberto Polo, president of the board, Transport Sánchez Polo - Colombia;
  • Gabriel Aldoney Vargas, consultant and former president of Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso - Chile;
  • José Francisco Pastrana Alcántara, director of finance and port operations, General Direction of Mexican Ports - Mexico;
  • Mario Arbulú Miranda, president of the board, National Port Enterprise-ENAPU - Peru;
  • Ab. Hélive Angulo Jara, Port Authority of Manta - Ecuador;
  • José Lozano Lucas, international assistant director, Port Authority of Dominican Republic;
  • Franc Pigna, director, Aegir Port Property Advisers LLC - U.S.; and,
  • Giovanni Benedetti, commercial director, Sociedad Portuaria de Cartagena - Colombia.

With its strategic location, timely topics and slate of international port industry experts, the "Summit of Manta" promises to be the Latin American port event of 2010.

For additional media information, please contact Zulma Dinelli from her contact information listed below.  For additional program information in English, Spanish and Portuguese, please visit or send an email to

Lic. Zulma Dinelli
A link for International Business
San Lorenzo 1035 - Piso 10, Of. "B"
(S2000ARG) Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Tel: 54-341-5301745
Cel: 54-9341-6405282
Skype: contacto.centro

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