At the opening of the XXXI International Seminar on Ports, Waterways, Multimodal Transport and Foreign Trade, José Beni, head of AGP and responsible for managing the Trunk Navigation Route, highlighted that 90% of our foreign trade goes by water and highlighted the importance in this way for Argentina


Important definitions around the Trunk Navigation Route (VNT) were heard during the opening of the XXXI International Seminar on Ports, Inland Waterways, Multimodal Transport and Foreign Trade. Officials, representatives of the Argentine Naval Prefecture and users agreed on its importance and on the role that the General Ports Administration (AGP) plays in its management today.

“Our VNT is one of the great advantages of Argentina, and one of the objectives of the Ministry of Transportation led by Alexis Guerrera is to democratize and federalize it, allowing the seven coastal provinces and nearby cities to benefit,” said Diego Giuliano, secretary of Transportation Management.

José Beni, auditor of the AGP, pointed out in turn that “90% of our foreign trade goes by water and therefore river and maritime transport is key for Argentina.”

The official also highlighted the work they have been developing since they took over the VNT.

“We manage with transparency. We make the decision to live day by day with all the users and beneficiaries of the service, we have meetings with all of them in a completely open framework. We invite them to audit us, all the contracts are published on the web, those that have already been executed, those in force and the tenders. We carry out monthly management reports”, Beni reported.

Another who spoke about it was Ariel Sujarchuk, new head of the VNT Control Body.

“I have the challenge of forming a new federal entity, collegiate, with a long-term policy,” said Sujarchuk.

In another of the discussion panels the problem of ports was addressed.

“The port, logistics and foreign trade sector must be seen as an opportunity to recover the foreign exchange that the country so needs. The answers we need to obtain in this difficult situation involve the questions that this seminar will be dealing with” said the national deputy, Fernanda Vallejos.

In the opinion of the legislator, “the scrapping of our merchant fleet had serious consequences, in the billions of dollars that leave our economy in terms of freight. Faced with this situation we have enormous challenges, an immense task to do at the height of the development that our nation needs and the quality of life of our people. “

The national senator for Chaco, Antonio Rodas stressed that “Argentina lost its flag line and this is a great pain and concern. The logistics have developed in technology and we have not yet put ourselves on an equal footing with the world.”

Giuliano said that the ministry is working on promoting the ports, and that more than 15 agreements with provincial ports have already been signed.

Julián Obaid, president of the Transportation Safety Board, reported that the year and a half they have been in business, since they were created, they have formed professional work teams for each of the modes of transport.

“We are contributing to better and safer transportation,” said the official.

As is traditional, the seminar was officially opened by a representative of the Argentine Naval Prefecture. On this occasion, it was in charge of the Sub-Prefect General Jorge Bono who did it on behalf of the Prefect General Mario Farinón.

“For more than 30 years the seminar has been generating a space for debate and talk between the different sectors and institutions. Regardless of what each speaker exposes, it enables us to debate and bring positions closer together,” said Bono.

The first day of the seminar was held at the headquarters of the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME) and Alfredo González, president of the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME) participated in the inauguration; Fabián Castillo, president of the Buenos Aires Trade Federation (Fecoba) and Gabriel Beneitez, secretary of Ports of Fecoba.

Also exhibiting at the different panels were Marcelo Peyregne, general manager of AGP; Roberto Murcia, president of the Provincial Directorate of Ports of Tierra del Fuego; Rodrigo Aristimuño, head of the Puerto Rosales Management Consortium; Alfredo Sesé, from the Rosario Stock Exchange; Luis Zubizarreta, president of the Chamber of Private and Commercial Ports; Mayor Néstor Kiferling, Head of the Maritime Traffic Service, Argentine Naval Prefecture, and Juan Carlos Venesia, from the Rosario Regional Development Institute.

“We have a strong presence of national authorities, legislators and this reflects the importance that these issues are having in the governmental consideration. I think it is key that this be so. For some time we have seen that we are on the agenda. That the sector port, maritime and foreign trade on the national agenda is very important and very valuable “said Ariel Armero, organizer of this seminar and editor of Globalports.