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Valparaiso Sustainable Ports Seminar

May 8, 2014

Chairman Cordero spoke at Valparaiso’s Sustainable Ports Seminar on May 8, 2014, in Valparaiso, Chile. The seminar discussed the interconnected pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic, and social factors) and their application to issues within and amongst ports.

During his remarks, the Chairman shared his experience and advice on ways to achieve sustainable port development, specifically social sustainability as it applies to port activities. He noted the important role ports play as international hubs facilitating trade, their position as the starting point to create and implement sustainable development, and advancements in port terminal productivity and development. The Chairman also discussed the key factors needed for any sustainable port development initiative to succeed that included: (1) continuous commitment from all stakeholders, (2) recognizing and embracing the fact that by their nature, these types of initiatives evolve overtime and are an ongoing work in progress, and (3) the ability to take advantage of evolving technologies.