National Logistics Council

NLC Diagram

Established in 2010, the National Logistics Council is a collaborative initiative with representatives of business and other commercial enterprises and all major public and private institutions, including academic institutions. It is chaired by Jose Pacheco, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and is supported by Dr. Ruben Berrocal, Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT).

The Council is a platform for discussing the opportunities and challenges that the Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center faces in embracing its goal to develop Panama into the Logistics and Trade Hub of the Americas. NLC meetings facilitate integration among assets, users and services involved in Panama trade and commerce. National leaders must create a "One Voice" in order to streamline Panama's efforts to become the logistics hub of the Americas. This can only be accomplished by developing the National Logistics Plan with opinions, information and wisdom coming from all angles. Therefore, the exchange of ideas brought about by this dynamic group is necessary to maintain momentum towards our unified goal. Additionally, the NLC platform will be instrumental in continuously assessing Panama's logistics performance and trade opportunities.

The National Logistics Council (NLC) acts as one of the most important sources of direct information to be used by the Logistics Innovation and Research Center Georgia Tech Panama in creating and developing the baseline for all logistic and cargo flow analysis and research.

The results of the meetings with all of the participants of the NLC will help to identify and understand the logistic capacities of the country and the different possibilities to develop new alternatives to increase the commercial and service flow.

The NLC has specific objectives, such as being a collaborative initiative that combines efforts from public, private, academic and multinational organizations. They strive to facilitate the integration of assets, users and services. The group will also develop the national logistics strategy, creating "ONE VOICE" for the future of our country. They will promote a dynamic exchange of ideas and a platform for discussing opportunities and challenges and assess Panama's logistics performance and trade opportunities.

NLC Committees

The NLC has indicated that Panama has a lack of clear and precise information and statistics that can be used by decision makers to invest in the country. Therefore, Georgia Tech Panama will integrate the work of different government agencies, cargo and logistic operators, industry players, academics and researchers in order to build up this baseline as a repository of data that will allow us to create and develop models, compare alternatives and recommend best practices for a more efficient logistic service in Panama.

The NLC is divided into four National Research Council Committees: Infrastructure, Information-Technology, Logistics Performance and ProPanama.

National Logistics Council

Chaired by José Pacheco

NLC Committees

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure Committee is responsible for providing a basis for measuring change, determining bottlenecks and assessing integration needs and capabilities of all Panamanian logistics assets.

Information-Technology

Information - Technology

The Information and Technology Committee seeks to assess integration needs, determine current status of logistics information technology, and determine technology gaps.

Logistics Performance

Performance

The Logistics Performance Committee concentrates on the development of a strategy for understanding and improving the perception of Panama's logistics performance and to develop a mechanisms for measuring and increasing Panama's actual logistics performance.

ProPanama

ProPanama

The ProPanama Committee is responsible for increasing Panama's commerce through the consolidation of "One Voice" for Panama as a Trade Hub in the Americas.

Infrastructure

Initial Goal: To inventory all logistics assets in combination with the logistics services and physical flows associated with these assets.

Actions:

  1. Define the logistics assets, services and flows to be inventoried and the characteristics to be captured for each.
  2. Identify sources of data.
  3. Obtain access to data.
  4. Develop data repositories.

Information - Technology

Initial Goal: To inventory all logistics and trade related information and financial flows in combination with existing services and software to facilitate these flows.

Actions:

  1. Define the information and financial flows, services and software to be inventoried and the characteristics to be captured for each.
  2. Identify sources of data.
  3. Obtain access to data.
  4. Develop data repositories.

Performance

Initial Goal: To assess Panama's current logistics performance and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

Actions:

  1. Analyze current World Bank Index ranking of Panama as 51st.
  2. Determine the factors that contribute to the perception of Panama logistics performance.
  3. Assess the importance of each ranked area relative to increasing commerce.
  4. Identify opportunities for improvement in each of the World Bank categories.
  5. Determine mechanisms for hard data measurement of Panama logistics performance.

ProPanama

Initial Goal: To assess Panama's capacity for commerce

Actions:

  1. Document Panama's logistics and trade competitive advantages (government structure, geographic location, legal and regulatory framework, economy, trade agreements).
  2. Determine current status of Panama's penetration of global industry sectors (market drivers, market size, market share, location, and growth potential).
  3. Determine opportunities for growth by sector.
  4. Determine unique value propositions for attracting growth.
  5. Determine opportunities for new sector development.
  6. Determine supporting infrastructure (marketing, communications, finance, and other services) for facilitating commerce.
  7. Identify barriers to increasing commerce.