Monday, July 16, 2018 | ISSN 0719-241X

WISTA AMERICAS 2018: Female leadership in the Latin American industry

First regional conference ended with an open invitation for 2019 in Panama
Edition of June 22, 2018

WISTA ARGENTINA debuted has host to the first regional conference WISTA AMERICAS and the attendance was a complete success. For two days there were theme panels on all sorts of relevant and contingent topics for today’s maritime-port industry, both from a local perspective and a broader global look.

MundoMaritimo attended the conference exclusively as media partner, recording the entire experience of the first Latin American chapter meeting. Organized by WISTA ARGENTINA and lead by president María Belén Espiñeira, WISTA members arrived from all over the world, from Greece to Venezuela, along with relevant players in the indsutry who support the organization’s mission and vision that looks to connect women in shipping and trade in order to empower them in the decision-making sphere of this very dynamic business.

International presence

From Cyprus arrived Despina Parayiotou, president if WISTA INTERNATIONAL, accompanied bu Jeanne Grasso, partner at Blank Rome LLP and ExCo member of the international organization. The executives shared with the presidents of the national WISTA associations of Canada, Venezuela, Uruguay, Panama, Dominican Republic and Brazil. The Chilean delegation present, lead by Paula Pastén, General Manager BMT Worldwide and completed by Paola Ferreira, New Business Manager of eClaims at Cave Group and Mayra Reyes, Associate Lawyer at JJR Abogados y Corresponsales, attended the event due to their active for constituting the local chapter, along with MundoMaritimo Senior Reporter Bárbara Salgado. There were also members of WISTA from Greece, Norway and United States.

Along with the presence of the national WISTA association representatives, there were also analysts and executives from intergovernmental organizations, such as Pablo Chauvet, Economist for the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Divsion ECLAC, who delivered a global view on the international industry, and Mona Swoboda, Project Manager for the Inter-American Committee on Ports OAS, representing the Organization for American States at a WISTA conference for the first time after the signing of the MOU between the OAS and WISTA INTERNATIONAL.

Argenitna and Brazil market

The host country did not skimp on resources and presented a very complete picture of the local situation. Architect Ramiro López presented on the modernization plan for the Port of Buenos Aires, which includes digitalization and automation of several processes, while Rodrigo García Berro, Coordinator for the Offshore Round 1 of the ministry of energy and mining spoke of the oil&gas exploration plans in the Atlantic basin.

The maritime authority was also present, represented by the Prefectura Naval Argentina, with papers on environmental pollution control and regulation by Prefecto Principal Francisco Benisch and Oficial Principal María de la Cruz Basualdo, respectively. Gender equality issues were not absent at the event. Carolina Barone, director of gender equality and diversity policies for the ministry of safety presented on public policies from the gender perspective.

There was also a marked presence of Brazilian professionals that allowed for a holistic view of the country’s indsutry, from the legal and regulatory aspect to the impact of the fuel industry and cabotage in local operations.

Aside from the varied presentaions, the conference also offered networking and entertainment activies, including a welcome cocktail, a dinner-tango show and even a tour of the city of Buenos Aires. During the social events WISTA members had the chance to meet each other, contact and create new business opportunities.

Panama 2019

Verónica Valenzuela, president WISTA PANAMA and member of the Panama Maritime Chamber, left an open invitation for the second regional WISTA AMERICAS conference in Panama City on July 2019.

By MundoMaritimo

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