Short Sea Shipping Potentials in Central America to Bridge Infrastructure Gaps

Severe problems in the economic performance of Central American (CA) countries have caused delays in sufficient and necessary investment inflows in transport infrastructure. The missing infrastructure links are perceived as a major contributor hampering the development of CA economies in trade and economic growth. The paper examines the possible role of short sea shipping (SSS) in CA which is seen dependent to a great extent on tackling the physical geographical situation and regional trade pattern. However, important challenges to creating an SSS facilitating policy framework must be faced along three dimensions: (1) a policy dimension, which includes the coordination and cooperation of different political actors; (2) a territorial dimension, which includes the different interests within the CA region; and (3) a governance dimension, which reflects the recognition that governmental institutions today are less capable in problem solving without the cooperation of non-governmental institutions and entrepreneurs.

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  • Authors:
    • Sanchez, Ricardo J
    • Wilmsmeier, Gordon
  • Publication Date: 2005-9


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  • Accession Number: 01006579
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2005 10:54AM