Barbados Port Inc. Hosts Meeting of the OAS Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)

With the attendance of the highest port authorities from Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay, Barbados Port Inc. will host the 18th Meeting of the Committee’s Executive Board.

The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) is the highest political hemispheric forum for port matters. Barbados as the Board’s Vice-Chair has hosted this meeting in 2015 and this year the Executive Board will consider and approve activity reports from the other national port authorities in the six CIP priority areas.  These areas cover the following:

  • competitiveness and logistics;
  • sustainable port management and environmental protection;
  • port security and protection;
  • legislation and regulation;
  • Services to Ships and Dredging; and
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender Equity.

Fernella Cordle, Lt Commander with Barbados Port Inc., extended a warm welcome to the delegates and wished a very productive meeting assuring everyone of Barbados’ continued support and cooperation.

The CIP will organize three more meetings this year; the 10th Forum on Port and Maritime Security in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on September 3 to 7; the 5th Hemispheric Conference on Port Logistics and Competitiveness in Panama on October 4 to 6; and, the IV Hemispheric Conference on Sustainable Port Management “Green Ports ad a Key to Competitiveness” in Mazatlan, Mexico on Octobber18 to 20, 2017.

Jorge Duran, CIP Secretary, expressed his gratitude to Barbados Port Inc. for hosting the meeting and for its unwavering support and collaboration asserting that the last four years have been the most productive in the history of the CIP with concrete benefits and training opportunities for Member Countries increasing from 42 in 2013 to 211 this year.  The 11th Meeting of CIP will be held in Mexico City in August of 2018.

The OAS Country Representative, Francis McBarnette, stated that he is particularly pleased with the work of the CIP that is in full support of the OAS Inter-American Development Agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) thus affording strong measure of support to the CIP’s Action Plan and future activities.

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