Guatemala Reactivates Port Cluster

Through the Maritime Port Cluster, reactivated this week, the country is looking to become a logistics hub in Central America.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Héctor José Marroquín, executive director of the National Ports Commission (CPN), explained that the Maritime Port Cluster of Guatemala (CPMG) has been set up since June 2008.

Prensalibre.com reported the executive’s statements: "The cluster will be made up by 17 entities, with the goal of creating an integrated service and value added system which will give the country greater competitiveness."

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Miami is the Main Cargo Hub for Guatemala

September 2010

The port of Miami has become the most important maritime cargo center for Guatemalan exports and imports.

In 2009, from a total of 16,1 million metric tons (MT2) shipping from and to Guatemala, 4,11 million passed through Miami's port in the US east coast.

"Rolando Rousselin, director of the National Ports Commission, explained that the country's exports reach this port, and from there are shipped to to other destinations in the world", reported Prensalibre.com.

Panama: "Technology Hub" for 2018

August 2009

The nation aims to become one of the world's top five countries in technology export capacity.

One of the first steps was the creation of a technology cluster, located in "Ciudad del Saber" (City of Knowledge), comprised of 6 companies.

"Panama's strategy for achieving this goal is based on the results of Peter Wilson's study, professor at Hass Business University, in Berkley, U.S.", reported Prensa.com.

Software Cluster Negotiating in Silicon Valley

July 2009

Six Panamanian companies from "Ciudad del Saber" negotiate exporting technology services to U.S. companies.

The companies Cibernética, Logic Studio, Dchain, Arango Software International, GSI and Infosgroup conformed a technology cluster, which "is getting prepared, because it aims to market innovative Panamanian solutions in the U.S.

Free Trade: Clusters

September 2008

Lately the trend has been to talk of the formation of clusters and competitiveness. However, it seems that at the same time some people are tricking themselves, speaking of "building clusters."

If we start with the premise that competitiveness from the sum of the comparative advantages of a country and placing added value to these (competitive advantage), the essence of the matter are the comparative advantages; these tell us if the company or sector can really develop on their own or if they will have to seek the help of the state (State privileges) to sustain themselves in the long term. Comparative advantages are those abilities or characteristics that make us stand out from the rest. If we use the example of the biblical parable of the talents, comparative advantages are the "various talents" that the country or sector has in comparison to others.

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