VALPARAISO, Chile – A total of 645 delegates from 30 countries around the world will analyze, starting Monday in the Chilean city of Valparaiso, the situation of the port industry at the 107th annual convention of the American Association of Port Authorities.
The event, being held at the Port of Valparaiso, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Santiago, will run until Wednesday and will feature a number of panel discussions at which participants will discuss the latest trends and issues on the international port industry’s current agenda.
Among the main issues to be dealt with at the convention are analyzing the impact of the world economic situation on the sector, the need to make progress in cybersecurity and the aim of reducing the environmental impact of port operations.
“They are all relevant issues and of great importance for the port industry, not only in the Western Hemisphere but also on the international level,” the AAPA coordinator for Latin America, Rafael Diaz-Balart, told EFE on Monday.
Among the speakers at the conference will be economist Walter Kemssies, with US firm Jones Lang LaSalle; Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the port of Corpus Christi, Texas; Carlos Urriola, the vice president of Panama’s international Manzanillo terminal, and Philippe Matthis, director of the Port of Brussels.
The convention will also offer participants the chance to engage in business discussions and transactions, given that the sector’s main providers, consulting and engineering firms, as well as terminal operators and port directors from a wide range of countries will be on hand, Diaz-Balart said.
This year’s AAPA convention is the first to be held in a South American country.
Founded in 1912, the AAPA represents more than 160 public and private ports in the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.