The workshop was attended by port directors, from both the public and private sectors, from 10 Latin American countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay, as well as representatives from the United States and the Republic of Korea, and academics from Latin America and Europe.The workshop covered the following topics:
In their discussion, the panel of port representatives and experts focused on the importance of interregional trade projections, developments in the main container shipping routes and the shipping service patterns among ports in both regions. One of the main conclusions reached was the need to assist the team of experts from ESCAP/KMI by providing complete, up-to-date, standardized statistical information regarding container movement in the main ports and in the subregions. To this end, ECLAC and the participants agreed to adopt standards and request that they be applied in the ports of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
This bulletin presents the main conclusions gathered from the event, as well as an analysis of the principal changes that have occurred in maritime container transport over the past decade and the impact that both regions have suffered as a result of the recent global economic crisis. It also addresses the evolution of traffic and the state of container operations in the principal LAC ports and their connection to Asia-Pacific, reviewing the methodology developed by KMI/ESCAP for analysing container traffic projections and maritime and port planning. The final section discusses container traffic forecasts through 2015 between Latin America and Asia-Pacific based on the model developed by KMI/ESCAP. It is important to point out that the values presented here are only preliminary and do not constitute official ECLAC or United Nations forecasts. Once the regional statistical information has been compiled and validated, these forecasts will be revised and published in a timely manner.
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|Edition No. 277, Issue 9/2009|
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