Together with the President of the Republic of Panama being named Port Person of Year for the Western Hemisphere in recognition of his global achievements in the maritime industry, along with the Panamanian Port Authority and the Panama Canal Authority as event organizers, the support of two of Latin America’s most important container terminals, Manzanillo International Terminal and Panama Ports Company, and the strategic location of the Republic, this program undoubtedly promises to be one of AAPA’s greatest international events. As a result, the following theme will be presented in this year’s program, “How to Prepare our Ports for Global Trends in Vessel Dimensions.” Topics will include Latin America’s role in increased global container traffic, the benefits of the Panama Canal’s expansion in international and regional commerce, the impacts of the new Panamanian deep-sea port, port finance, and an analysis of competitive forces.
06/17/2008 Welcome Reception
Rubén Arosemena Valdés, Second Vice President of the Republic of Panama
Ken O'Hollaren, Executive Director, Port of Longview, Chairman of the Board, American Association of Port Authorities
06/18/2008 Opening Remarks
Kurt Nagle, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities
Armando Duarte, Miembro Junta Directiva, Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta S.A., President-Elect of Latin American Delegation, COLOMBIA
Fernando Solórzano, Maritime Authority Administrator of the Republic of Panama
06/18/2008 Meeting of the Latin American Delegation
06/18/2008 Situation of Latin America and the Caribbean region in light of the global increase in container traffic and shipping lines’ routes in the region by vessel size
Robert West, Director, Global Trade & Transportation, Halcrow Inc., United States
06/18/2008 Panama’s megaprojects and their effect in the Latin American and the Caribbean region: the Panama Canal Expansion and Port Development
Alberto Alemán Zubieta, Administrator, Panama Canal Authority, PANAMA
Fernando Solórzano, Administrator, Panama Maritime Authority, PANAMA
06/18/2008 Punta Colonet, Mexico: Competition or Complement to Los Angeles/Long Beach?
Alejandro Chacón, General Coordinator of Mexico’s Ports and Merchant Marine, MEXICO
06/19/2008 How to finance our ports' growth?
Franc Pigna, General Director, Aegir Port Property Advisers, USA
Richard Norment, Executive Director, The National Council for PublicPrivate Partnerships, Washington, DC
06/19/2008 Which Latin American and Caribbean regions are capable of engaging in transshipment activities and how profitable is this business?
Arturo López, President, National Association of Maritime and Port Terminals, MEXICO