First IDB Observatory Network for Freight Transport and Logistics Seminar

The main theme of the seminar was the importance of data on transport and logistics. Without it, public sector planning takes place based on uncertainty, while the private sector makes blind operating and investment decisions.

During the seminar, the experiences of various countries in the region with the collection of data on freight transport and logistics were presented. This included mechanisms used for data collection, systematization, and presentation, as well as their link to planning and policy design in the sector. The speakers and moderators included representatives from Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay, all countries where the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) promotes the logistics agenda in conjunction with local authorities.

The seminar was organized around four sessions, dedicated to the Regional Observatory for Freight Transport and Logistics, data, computing tools, and the dialogue between stakeholders. Representatives of the public, private, and academic sectors participated.

Organized by the Transport Division of the IDB, the IDB Regional Observatory for Freight Transport and Logistics, and the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, the seminar took place at the Intercontinental Miramar Hotel, in Panama City, on December 5 and 6, 2012. The opening ceremony was led by Tomás Bermúdez, IDB Representative in Panama.

The IDB promotes the creation of national observatories for freight transport and logistics, which will be integrated into the regional observatory network. Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay have already taken the first steps toward creating their respective observatories. The seminar was preceded by the first Mesoamerican Observatory for Freight Transport and Logistics workshop, a component of the Mesoamerica Project, which will also join the observatory network.