Sunday, September 15, 2019
"Cooperation for the development of competitive, safe and sustainable ports in the Americas"

Message from the Chair



Gonzalo Mórtola

Port Controller, General Port Administration

Chair of the Executive Board of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CECIP/OAS)

Maritime transport is the most efficient way of transport with the least impact on the environment. Maritime trade represents 90% of world trade, being a key link in the logistics chain, without it the modern economy as we know it would not exist.

Food, medicine, clothing and technology come to us on ships. Our ports keep us connected, they are the gateway to the world for our regional economies and culture. Just look around and see that everything in our environment passed or will pass through a port.

Maritime trade continues to grow and it is expected that in the next 20 to 50 years maritime ports will face significant changes in performance, investment, and port community relations. With world trade on the rise and the expansion of the port-maritime industry, the size of the ships will increase, there will be a greater volume of containers and the need to modernize port infrastructure. The capacity of a port is given by movement. The flow of goods is linked to technology, and technology to private investments and public policies.

The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) is the regional body, belonging to the Organization of American States (OAS) that brings together the Port Authorities of the Americas, as member states and associated members, with the objective of achieving competitive, safe, sustainable and inclusive ports. Those of us who are part of the CIP have the duty to work collaboratively with a great commitment of responsibility to achieve what we long for: a joined and thriving America, with prosperous ports, that promote the development of our States.

I would like to congratulate the countries that were elected as Authorities of the Executive Board of the CIP (CECIP) in the Eleventh Regular CIP Meeting, together we will do an excellent job in pursuit of competitive and efficient ports with quantifiable goals that allow for a systematic and sustainable growth in the region.

We are convinced that the contribution of Argentina will strengthen the Port Community through teamwork, promote dialogue and the synergy of new strategic alliances. We have before us a great opportunity: advance towards a fairer and more equitable port sector with stronger capacities and more opportunities to pave the way for the future generation of leaders in the industry.

We put common interests first and are committed to develop long-term public policies. We will continue the work of sister nations that have preceded us in the role of Chair of the CECIP to further strengthen the port system of the hemisphere for a fairer and more inclusive regional society.