FROM THE DECEMBER 4, 2013 ISSUE
Is a wave of port infrastructure improvements coming?
During a visit last month to Panama, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli urged American port cities to upgrade their infrastructure to accommodate the larger ships and increased cargo loads that will be able to pass through the Panama Canal after its $5.25 billion expansion is complete in 2015. Should Latin American ports be doing more to prepare to receive larger ships and more cargo as well? What's at stake? Which ports in the region stand to gain the most economic benefits from the canal's expansion, and which might be left out?
Today's commentators: Robbert Jan van Trooijen, chief executive for Latin America and the Caribbean at Maersk Line; Robert R. McMillan, former chairman of the Panama Canal Commission; and Jean-Paul Rodrigue, professor in the Department of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University. MORE
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