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Hemispheric cooperation for competitive, secure, sustainable and inclusive ports in the Americas.

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Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)

The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) is the only permanent forum that brings together the National Port Authorities of the 34 Member Countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) and leaders of the maritime-port industry to promote the development of a secure, competitive, sustainable, and inclusive sector.

The CIP works under four mandates:

  • Policy dialogue;
  • Capacity building;
  • Technical assistance; and,
  • Cooperation with the private sector.

In addition, the CIP works on six priority areas which are led by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chaired by the National Port Authority of a CIP Member State:

Priority Area & National Port AuthorityInitiatives
1. Logistics, Innovation, and Competitiveness (Panama Maritime Authority)Oxford Economics – CIP – IRU Report on Economic Competitiveness: development of common indicators to support homogeneous metrics and planning for ports
2. Port Protection and Security (Barbados Port Inc.)Port Cyber Risk Management Survey (implemented jointly with CICTE). Divided in two phases: a) State Capabilities in Maritime and Port Security; and b) Cyber Security Survey

Caribbean Cooperation Framework, aiming to bring concrete benefits in the areas of port and maritime security to Member States of the CIP, by establishing a reliable and safe system of direct communication and by offering internationally recognized training programs.

Improved Disaster Risk Management for Ports in the Caribbean a project that contributes to reduce the impact of natural and human-caused disasters on business continuity by strengthening disaster risk management capabilities in Port and Maritime Authorities of the Caribbean.
3. Sustainable Port Management and Environmental Protection (SEMAR Mexico)Study on Energy Efficiency in Container Terminals

Green House Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction Port Incentive Program

Guide to Environmental Certification and Sustainability Reporting for Ports of the Americas
4. Port Legislation, Regulation, and Public Policies (Uruguay National Port Administration)Guide to Model Port Legislation that identifies and describes 30 elements that port legislation should contain.

Note on Model Port Law Guide

Technical Assistance to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Mexico and Dominican Republic in modernizing Port Legislation.
5. Waterways, Inland and Cruise Ports (Argentina General Port Administration)Compilation of Inland Ports in the Americas

Compilation of Tourism Ports in the Americas

Database of specialists
6. Port-City Relation, Social Responsibility, and Gender Equality (Peru National Port Authority)  Informative Bulletin that promotes through the dissemination of information at and hemispheric level, the role and work of the Women in the port industry as well as policies and actions in order to boost Social Responsibility in the national and international port community, promoting port-city integration.