Regional leaders launch Meso-American Project for development

The leaders of Mexico, Colombia and Central America concluded their two-day meeting in Mexico with the Declaration of Villahermosa that buried the Puebla-Panama Plan and replaced it with the Meso-American Project.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


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The new initiative, like its predecessor, aims to promote regional integration so as to create more prosperous societies with improved economic infrastructure.

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Slimline Puebla-Panama Plan to shed 95 percent of its projects

June 2008

The Puebla-Panama Plan is to be stripped of 95 percent of its projects in order to make it viable, Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa said at a meeting in Medellín of the seven countries involved.

The plan was launched by Mexico in 2001 in an effort to promote prosperity in southern Mexico and Central America. But it had taken on more projects than it could handle, Espinosa said.

Plan Puebla Panama and Integration to be discussed at presidential meetings

June 2008

The presidents of the region have back-to-back meetings today in El Salvador and tomorrow in Mexico, to discuss regional integration and the re-starting of the Plan Puebla Panama.

Presidents from Central America, Mexico and Colombia will meet Saturday in the Mexican city of Villahermosa, where the theme will be Plan Puebla Panama.

Interest in Regional Maritime Routes Project

August 2010

Six consortiums have expressed an interest in carrying out a feasibility study of the development of short-distance maritime transport.

The Meso-american short-distance maritime transport feasibility study seeks to define a strategy for promoting the development and modernization of maritime transport in the area for travel over short distances.

Short Sea Shipping in Central America

November 2013

A feasibility study indicates that the region has economic and port potential to develop a system of short sea shipping.  

After evaluating 49 ports with international traffic in the region, a feasibility study prepared by the Mesoamerica Project concluded that no large investments in access infrastructure are needed in order for ports to boost regional shipping.

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