Latin American ports and terminals association Latinports aims to meet with regional governments over the coming months to promote the importance of long-term infrastructure development, Latinports executive director Julian Palacio told BNamericas.
The association aims to work with governments of countries including Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, and Costa Rica over the next year, to ensure that current projects will have continuity over successive administrations.
"The idea is not only to criticize or suggest changes to the existing plans, but to discuss and follow up on the projects that are presently being developed," Palacio said.
A lack of political will and proper planning is the main obstacle to port and infrastructure development in Latin America, according to Palacio.
"There has been some progress recently because the governments are finally understanding that they are not moving ahead due to a lack of continuity in their projects," Palacio said.
"Many governments are only interested in showing off the projects they have carried out and because of this work only in the short and medium term," the executive added.
Latinports comprises more than 20 public and private entities from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Mexico. The association focuses on the relationship between public and private operators in Latin America, as well as their contact with global counterparts.