This average percentage says a recovery with respect to that recorded in the last three years, when growth rates were low or negative at the regional and global levels. Countries whose container terminals had a greater contribution to the variation in the volume of cargo operated with respect to the previous year are: Dominican Republic (24%), Colombia (13%), Mexico (12%) and Panama (10%). ECLAC said that the region top 10 ports caught in aggregate form 48% of containers, with a variation of 8%, two points above the regional average.
For Ricardo Sánchez from ECLAC, it was time to face the challenges of the near future
The report raised economic forecasts for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), growth analysis for this region is not encouraging. The main reasons why the economy in this region will grow below the global trend is the lack of investment and poor investments.
After the crisis that affected the port sector during the current decade (apparently already overcome), which left us bitter experiences as a result of the indiscriminate expansion and proliferation of terminals, must avoid to continue the oversizing and rather focus on work in the still poor logistics and internal connectivity.
In an interview with Portfolio of Colombia, President of the Inter-American Development Bank said that “it is clear that the good times are back, but more than one considers that this boom can last a little and that there are many crosswinds that must provide attention. More than one recalls that ten years ago everything seemed very well and a few months later the bubble burst”.