Belize Hosted Thirty-ninth Central American Port Forum

The Central American Commission for Maritime Transport (COCATRAM) in collaboration with the Belize Port Authority (BPA), Port of Belize and Port of Big Creek hosted the “XXXIX Central American Port Forum, REPICA” during the period 25th -28th July 2017, at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza in Belize.

The meeting was attended by well over eighty (80) delegates from eight countries representing port managers & administrators, representatives of Ministries of Transport, port authorities and other related entities along with major players in the Belize port sector.

The main topics of discussion were:
1. The Cruise Industry
2. Central America Logistics and Mobility Policy
3. Strengthening Environmental Management at Central American Ports
4. Central America Maritime and Port Strategy,
5. Search and Rescue Multilateral Agreement
6. Ballast Water Convention and the Impact on Ports
7. Port Protection and Security
8. Verified Gross Mass (VGM)
9. Climate Change
10. The Role of Women in the Port Industry

The event is held annually and is rotated among the Central American countries, including Belize and Panama. The forum promotes the exchange of ideas for the solution of regional problems related to port management and operations and other related aspects; as well as to share experiences in relation to strategies for the implementation of modernization plans, innovations, and legislation.