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News Release
FOR RELEASE - May 29, 2015
Contact: Tom Hranac,

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

The Leading Americas Port Congress Will Be in Arica

More than 400 port leaders will gather in Chile for its annual summit with a special focus on “Port Sustainability and Development”, port executives, officials and professionals throughout the continent will gather in Arica in late November.

The Latin American Delegation of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is working on the newest edition of the Latin American Congress of Ports that will take place in the city of Arica, Chile, from November 30th through December 3rd this year. This event is organized in strategic partnership with Empresa Portuaria Arica (EPA) with Chile and its ports being the main examples for this summit.

Every year more than 400 port leaders and international experts make this event stand out as the most important business forum in the Latin American port industry. During three days of technical sessions major international port projects are presented and discussed. In addition, the Congress offers many social and networking activities and an important exhibition exclusively dedicated to the most emblematic industry vendors.

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Delegations from the United States, Central America, the Caribbean and South America have already confirmed their participation since Chile is of special interest to the international port community thanks to its recognized position and experience in the industry, ensuring an outstanding quantity and quality of participants. Furthermore, the EPA executives – led by its president Francisco Javier González Silva- are making the arrangements for main political officials and Ministers of Chile to attend given that they have enthusiastically received the invitation to participate in this event.

This year the agenda is exhaustive and will address issues related to “Commitment to Sustainable Development in the Port Industry“; "The Environmental Agenda in the Logistics Chain"; "Optimizing Energy Consumption in the Maritime-Port Industry and Sustainable Port Infrastructure Construction"; "Changes in Maritime Trade Routes and Their Impact on Port Competitiveness", among other topics. There will also be a special panel on "The Modernization Plan and Sustainable Development at Chilean Ports” and two Round Tables with the presence of the most representative port leaders and officials throughout the continent. 

During the event, the Administración Portuaria Integral de Progreso - host of next year’s edition of the Congress-, will officially launch the summit that is going to take place in Mexico in 2016.

Arica, Chile’s “northern gate”:

More than two thousand kilometres from Santiago, Arica is known as Chile’s "northern gate" and "the city of eternal spring" because temperatures are pleasant all year round. This northern city boasts attractive hotels, casinos, night life and its beaches are amongst the best in the country.

Boasting a unique historical and cultural heritage, Arica will charm us with its impressive landscapes and mystical valleys of hieroglyphs and archaeological deposits. Its history is fascinating. The Archaeological Museum of San Miguel de Azapa shows tracks left by Incas and Tiawanakuas on the first inhabitants whose mummies are older than those in Egypt.

More Information:

Those interested in attending the XXIV Latin American Congress of Ports can visit the official website in Spanish, English and Portuguese at where you can register and book your hotel. Also, you can find the Congress agenda with the different academic, social and tourist activities that have been planned for the Congress.

You can contact us at for any questions or inquiries. 

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