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The economic crisis and its effects on maritime industry to be debated at Inter-American Committee on Ports meeting

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The global economic crisis and its effects in the region will play a major role in the Tenth Meeting of the Executive Board of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CECIP), which will take place in Buenos Aires (Argentina) from Monday 23rd until Friday 27th.

The crisis and its impact on the ports of the Americas will be the focus of one of the panels at the meeting. For the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP), the forum represents a special occasion to measure how the crisis is reaching the port and maritime industries. It is expected that actions to be taken to soften the effects of the crisis will be planned at the meeting in the Argentine capital.

The meeting in Buenos Aires will be attended by representatives of all 15 Member States from CECIP: Mexico (current President), Barbados, El Salvador, United States and Uruguay (current Vice Presidents), Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. All other members of the Organization of American States (OAS), Permanent Observers and other international organizations are also invited to attend.

Other institutions will take place in the meeting, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC), the Ibero-American Institute on Maritime Law, Ports of Spain, the US Coast Guard and the most important private companies of ports management in the Americas.

The meeting’s main goal is to implement the resolutions and mandates that CIP passed on its Fifth meeting, in Brazil 2007, through a study of the working plan for 2008, adopted by CECIP in Lima in 2007. A new working plan for 2009 will also be established.

Other projects will also be presented in Buenos Aires, such as a project to create a template for a Port Management Bill, for environmental protection of ports and Sea Traffic Control. The resolutions of CECIP’s twelve sub-Committees will also be debated.

The meeting must also ratify the place and date where CIP’s next meeting will take place (El Salvador, next September), as well as CECIP’s next three meetings: Panama 2009, Chile 2010 and Guatemala 2011.

The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of the American States (OAS) has as its objective to serve as a permanent Inter-American forum of the Member States of the Organization, for the strengthening of hemispheric cooperation in the area of port sector development, with the active cooperation and collaboration of the private sector.

The committee fulfills its objectives, performs its functions, and exercises its powers through its meetings, as well as meetings of the Executive Board and the technical Advisory Groups (TAG), with the support of the general secretariat of the OAS.

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