Stage is set for Panama Maritime XIV

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The Panama Maritime XIV World Conference & Exhibition will be held from 17th to 20th March 2019 at the Megapolis Convention Centre in Panama City. The main theme of the conference is ‘Taking advantage of the evolutionary trends of the industry: a more ecological, digital and autonomous maritime industry’.

During this edition of Panama Maritime, celebrations will be on hand to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Panama City – 500 years of offering logistics services to the world – from the Portobello Fairs – to the expanded Canal and the regional logistics platform it has become today. The year 2019 is also a general election year in Panama –so the programme could not miss a conversation with the presidential candidates so that they have the opportunity to present their vision of Panama and how to realize the dream of becoming a true regional logistics platform.

The main focal points of the Conference are: The future of ports: from current strains to the changes and innovations of the future; Strengthening of the Panamanian logistics hub; Automation of shipping logistics and the future of work; The changing legal patterns of the shipping logistics industry; Impact of artificial intelligence in a timeless industry: Maritime Transportation; Environmental impact of Maritime Transportation; Facing 2020: Impact of the new regulatory regime and the promotion of clean and environmentally friendly fuels; Impact of international investment on the positioning of Panama as a regional logistics hub; Empowering women in the shipping logistics industry

As in the past, Panama Maritime 2019 will also have an Advisory Board made up of international experts on issues related to the Focal Points. Important figures have confirmed their participation, including Alex Conjour, Head of Global Port & Cargo Operations for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean. Professor Robert Force, Director Emeritus of the Law Centre of Tulane University; Irene Rosberg, Director of the Copenhagen Business School Master Programme; Jorge Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal and Philip Embiricos, former president of BIMCO and member of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal; His Excellency Dirk Janssen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the Honourable Susana Pinilla, Regional Director of the Development Bank of Latin America, CAF, and Alessandro Cassinelli, General Manager of PSA Panama.

The Honourable Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will open the conference and exhibition and address the audience on pressing issues at IMO, including the new regulations that emanate from the MARPOL Convention to increase the efficiency of ships and protection of the environment.

The Canal Administrator will provide an update on how the expanded Canal behaves in terms of revenues and market share – and how the Canal contributes to the consolidation of Panama as a regional logistics centre. The Administrator of the Maritime Authority will give us his vision of the next 100 years of the Registry, as well as the development of port infrastructure, such as the maritime ancillary services wharf and the new cruise terminal.

As in the past, Panama Maritime 2019 has selected an outstanding group of experts from all sectors of the world maritime – port and logistics industry to form an International Advisory Board that will advise the Organisers on focal points and speakers to include in the Programme. This exceptional group of experts indeed cover the widest possible spectrum of maritime activities, particularly those that give Panama a competitive edge and position the country as a regional hub for logistics services.

They are: Susana Pinilla, Regional Director of the Latin American Development Bank, CAF; Alex Conjour, Head of Global Port & Cargo Operations for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean; Alessandro Cassinelli, General Manager PSA Panama; Professor Robert Force, Director Emeritus of the Tulane University Law Centre; Philip Embiricos, Former President of BIMCO and member of the Advisory Board of the Panama Canal; Irene Rosberg, Director of the Copenhagen Business School Master Programme; HE Dirk Janssen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Panama; Jorge Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal.

 

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