The Latin American Congress of Ports is an annual event convened by the Latin American Delegation of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).
Every year, more than 400 port leaders and international experts make this forum stand out as the most important business gathering of the industry.
Three days of technical sessions will serve to present and discuss major international port projects. In addition to this, there will be intense social and networking activities, a technical port visit and a prominent space destined to commercial displays, in which the most representative industry suppliers participate.
The 2019 edition is also convened by PortMiami, the Administración Nacional de Puertos from Uruguay (ANP), the Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC) and the Ente Administrador Puerto Rosario (ENAPRO).
Founded in 1912 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia (USA), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is the premier organization representing over 130 deep water public ports of the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, over 200 members of the port service industry choose to associate with AAPA and avail themselves of the many marketing opportunities offered to them by AAPA.
For more than a century, AAPA membership has empowered port authorities and their maritime industry partners to serve global customers and create economic and social value for their communities.
Their programs, resources and partnerships connect, inform and unify seaport leaders and maritime professionals. AAPA promotes industry interests by providing critical leadership in security, trade, transport, infrastructure, environmental and other areas related to port development and operations.
AAPA is also dedicated to increase public, media and especially government entities’ awareness of the essential role played by ports in the global transportation system.
The Association has an extensive offering of education and training programs, conducts research on the port industry, and provides contact services and information to professionals in the sector.

More information: www.aapa-ports.org
Created in July 21st, 1916 as the highest port authority in Uruguay, the Administración Nacional de Puertos (ANP) is a decentralized entity that, in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, has responsibility for the administration, maintenance and development of the public ports of Montevideo, Nueva Palmira, Colonia, Juan Lacaze, Fray Bentos, Paysandú and Salto.
The Port Law #16.246 of 1992 assigned to the ANP control of realizing the national port system and promoting the decentralization of the Republic’s ports, guaranteeing the coordination of activities taking place in them and ensuring that services are offered in a system of full and open competition

More information: www.anp.com.uy
The Port of Rosario was transferred to the Province of Santa Fe within the framework of the port regulation that started on the 90’s, expressed particularly through the Law 24.093.
Prior to that, it was part of the state-owned ports network that were administrated by the National Government through the General Administration of Ports – a state organization that was in charge of the commercial exploitation of the national ports. The Province delegated the port administration to a non-state public entity, the Ente Administrador Puerto Rosario (EN.A.P.RO), which function is to administrate and operate the port, keeping its commercial destination, the specific port activity and its public use.
It is a genuine example of autonomous port, including the representation of all the sectors involved in the port operation and those that represent the economic and productive interest of the region in its Board of Directors.

More information: www.enapro.com.ar
The Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC) has been listed nine times as the Best Caribbean Port by the Caribbean Shipping Association, thanks to its high levels of productivity and efficiency. It has also been rated as the most reliable port by the same association.
The maritime terminal of Manga has been managed by SPRC since 1993 and during its more than 20 years of operation, the terminal has increased its operational productivity, expanded its storage capacity, boosted the speed of procedures and established a rigorous security scheme. This allowed the Terminal to play a central role in the opening of the Colombian economy in the 90’s and to be an essential piece in the promotion of foreign trade nowadays.
This extensive development, added to its strategic location, allows the Terminal to offer its clients an excellent, efficient and safe service. This is how it has become one of the main worldwide hubs for the most important international shipping lines.

More information: www.puertocartagena.com/es/empresas-del-grupo/sprc
PortMiami is Miami-Dade County’s second most important economic engine, contributing USD 43 billion annually to the local economy and supporting more than 334.500 jobs in South Florida. It is recognized as the Global Gateway.
Miami's unique geographic position makes the Port easily accessible to Caribbean and Latin American markets, as well as those of Asia and Europe by way of the Panama Canal.
PortMiami is also known worldwide as the Cruise Capital of the World, welcoming more cruise passengers to its terminals than any other port in the world.

More information: www.miamidade.gov/portmiami

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