TrainForTrade held a coordination meeting with the Spanish-speaking Network of the Port Management Programme in Gran Canaria on 16–17 November. Senior port managers from Peru, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Gijón and Valencia analyzed the feedback of their port training actions in 2021 and prepared their agenda for 2022.

The Port Authority of Las Palmas (APLP) was once one of the promoters of this network, which is why TrainForTrade decided to meet there and visit the Port of Las Palmas.

“The training programme developed by UNCTAD in Latin America brings both shores closer to the same objective: port excellence, an objective shared by Las Palmas towards Africa”, says Luis Ibarra, the president of the APLP.

“The confluence of both port shores, the Spanish-American and the European, has in the Canary Islands and in the Port of Las Palmas its natural meeting point, to which Africa is added through the international north-south maritime routes”, he adds.

The TrainForTrade delegation held a meeting with Luis Ibarra in which they discussed the practical application of the port training they provide.

“Our objective is not the training itself, but to improve the efficiency of the ports,” said Gonzalo Ayala, responsible of the Port Management Programme for Latin America.

Ayala left open the possibility, in the medium term, of collaborating more closely with the Port Authority of Las Palmas in the Spanish-speaking network, as is already the case with the port authorities of Valencia and Gijón, an option that has been received with interest by Las Palmas.

In addition to Gonzalo Ayala the TrainForTrade delegation included Mark Assaf, head of the TrainForTrade programme; Vicente Jiménez, UNCTAD consultant; José del Arco, director of the Port Authority of Gijón; José García Pedrayes, director of Human Resources of the Port Authority of Gijón; Francesc Sánchez, director of the Port Authority of Valencia; Manuel Rodríguez, director of Shipping of the Port Authority of Valencia; Manuel Rodríguez, director of Shipping of the Port Authority of Valencia; Manuel Rodríguez, director of Shipping of the Port Authority of Gijón; José García Pedrayes, director of Human Resources of the Port Authority of Gijón; Francesc Sánchez, director of Shipping of the Port Authority of Valencia; Manuel Rodríguez, director of Shipping of the Port Authority of Valencia; Gabriel Rodríguez, manager of the Port of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic); Rudy Pimentel, operations manager of HIT (Puerto Río Haina, Dominican Republic); Marcelo Teper, deputy director of CENCAPOR (Administración General de Puertos de Argentina); Bismark Rosales, manager of Puerto Jennefer (Bolivia); and Elar Salvador, head of Training (Autoridad Portuaria Nacional de Perú).