Over the past few years, port operations have steadily grown in importance in Latin America and the Caribbean. Surging foreign trade in the countries of the region will continue to depend on, among other factors, timely adaptation of ports to meet new demands. Expansion and sustainable growth will only be possible with modern, higher-capacity infrastructure, environmental awareness and operations that are in harmony with the local community and with urban and social environs, as well as enhanced institutional solutions.
There is therefore a growing need for successful implementation of quality port policies leading to timely changes in management and active involvement of the private sector in all stages of the process. Sustainability in development and operations is one of the challenges that Latin American ports must face if they are to be internationally competitive moving forward. In these times of great economic, environmental and social uncertainty, the region's port authorities should shift their policies and strategies towards far more sustainable, viable and competitive scenarios.
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