Policy Makers, Businessmen, Scholars and Researchers to Participate in the International Association of Maritime Economists 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting

“Setting the Foundations for Port and Shipping Policies” is Theme of Meeting

Panama City, Panama – The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today that Panama would host the prestigious annual meeting of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). The meeting will be held from November 12th to 15th and representatives from shipping companies, top universities, maritime training agencies, port and port authorities, government agencies and international organizations from more than 35 countries all over the world will participate in this annual gathering.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the IAME’s annual meeting will bring together scholars and policymakers, to discuss important topics related to shipping and global commerce such as the shipping market and maritime policies; port investment and public regulation; and logistics, technology and intermodal networks.

This is the first time the IAME will be holding its annual meeting in Latin America. In choosing Panama as the host, IAME organizer Lilibeth Langoni, from the ACP Executive Administration Office said: “The preferred method for transporting goods to and from Latin American is maritime. The Panama Canal is at the heart of the Americas, right in the middle of the continent, providing passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, and enabling more than 144 routes to connect countries and markets to serve world commerce.”

Canal Administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta, said: “This event is an opportunity for the ACP to share with its visitors Panama’s vision for its future as an international transport hub and main multimodal logistics center for Latin America.”

The annual meeting will be held as Panama starts the celebration of its first centennial as a Republic. The gathering will be graced and inaugurated by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso.

About the IAME

IAME is composed of more than 300 members in 35 nations. Its objective is to serve as a forum for the exchange of information and views on economic aspects of the shipping sector among professors, business executives in the field, and the governing class.

About the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating, and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the Panama Canal Authority is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors. For more information, please refer to the website: www.pancanal.com.