The Best Dry Canal to Build in Central America

Building a modern highway from Colombia to Mexico would provide a big boost to the economic integration of the isthmus.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Unlike the hitherto unproven economic viability of various other inter-oceanic canal projects (wet and dry) announced in virtually every country of the region, a "dry canal", which would improve the current transit conditions of goods and people from Mexico to Colombia, does appear to be the best investment in infrastructure for the isthmus.

An article in Capital.com.pa reports that "The Mesoamerican countries, ranging from Mexico to Colombia, have proposed speeding up the Pacific Corridor project, which would link the entire region by road, an initiative promoted by the current Mexican government chaired by Enrique Peña Nieto. According to estimates by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), such a project would represent an investment of $3.5 billion. "

"... During a recent meeting of deputy ministers of infrastructure, transport and public works of the member countries, held in Panama, it was agreed that the project should achieve major progress by 2020, while completing the pending stretches and widening existing segments by 2030. "



More on this topic

IDB Supports "Pacific Corridor" Highway

August 2010

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has prioritized the project to construct a 3,200km road system from Mexico to Panama.

The IDB has targeted $1,800 million annually to developing its "Mesoamerican Project". This program includes the Pacific Corridor highway network as one of its top priorities.

Costa Rica and Mexico Accelerate Pacific Corridor Project

July 2010

Both governments reaffirm their commitment to building a road system that will cross seven countries from Mexico to Panama.

The Mexican and Costa Rican Foreign Secretaries, Patricia Espinosa and René Castro, highlighted the importance of the project, “in facilitating the development of the Pacific Corridor by reducing transport times between Mexico and Panama from 190 hours to 59”.

IDB Gives $2.6 Million for Pacific Corridor

January 2010

This donation will boost the Pacific Corridor project, a highway system connecting Mexico with Panama.

The initiative seeks to improve infrastructure and road safety, and to make trade easier by improving customs procedures and controls.

$1.1 million are earmarked to make it easier to cross the national borders, contributing to make vehicle and goods transit more efficient, fostering regional trade.

Region Harmonizes Rules on Weights and Dimensions

March 2009

Central America and Mexico agreed on a plan to harmonize the rules on weights and dimensions allowed on roads and ports.

The Directorate of the Mesoamérica Project announced in a press release: "The main priority in this plan is to simplify procedures and improve the weight control and dimensions that apply in ports and roads in the region with the objective of those countries saving in investments."

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