Efficient logistics systems bring development to countries and transform the reality of cities. This is what Minister João Carlos Parkinson de Castro, with a diplomatic career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, underlined at the opening of the International Forum on Sustainable Multimodal Logistics (FILMS), yesterday (11), in Foz do Iguaçu (PR).
Representatives of governments, ambassadors, parliamentarians, mayors, businessmen, investors and leaders of cooperatives and civil society entities from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, among others countries, participated in the ceremony, in person and virtually. Until Saturday (14), leaders will discuss multimodality as a solution to logistical problems.
In the inaugural lesson of the forum, the diplomat defended the establishment of the corridor linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to reduce distances and cost of transport to access markets. He explained to the plenary the advantages of these routes, their impact on productive activities and the territories integrated by these corridors. “A corridor passes where there is freight and where there is work, it takes wealth, investment and the provision of quality work,” he said. “We have now seen an unprecedented increase in maritime freight and enormous difficulties in obtaining frequencies by sea and finding containers. Logistics corridors answer these questions,” he underlined.
For Castro, the bio-ocean route will represent an important change in the logistics of Paraná and its insertion in the region. It will guarantee better access to Asian markets, favoring the development of Maquila in Paraguay and the export of products with higher added value. “Brazilian, Paraguayan, Argentinian and Chilean products will be exported to Asia, the West Coast of the Americas, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador with greater efficiency and reduced costs and times,” he said. he added, adding, “This road will promote investment, digitization of logistics systems and better customs integration.”
the Minister also pointed to the establishment of the Ocean Link Corridor as a factor for stimulating development at the trinational border. “Fostering an industrial and agricultural pole around Foz do Iguaçu, creating new jobs and adding local value,” he stressed.
Coordinator of the logistics event, Danilo Vendruscolo said that the representativeness of the forum reinforces the public agenda for the creation of the Capricorn Multimodal Bioocean Corridor, linking the ports of Chile with those of Paranaguá, linking Argentina and Paraguay. “Thereby reducing the cost of transporting loads by 30% and attracting investment,” he said.
He drew attention to the evolution of post-pandemic markets. “They show a new dynamic focused on food security. Our region, our countries have everything to be the main supplier of food, but we must evolve in the logistics solutions to bring these products to the major world markets,” Danilo stressed.
Integration between countries
Paraguay’s Ambassador to Brazil, Juan Ángel Delgadillo, said his country’s government is available to provide logistics solutions in the region. “We governments have the role of being the voice to put demands into practice, always working together, public and private sectors,” he said.
The Argentine consul in Foz do Iguaçu, Alejandro Massucco, mentioned that the bioocean corridor will be an inducer for trade and transport. “The future lies in the integration of our peoples. In this difficult period, when the world needs food, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are producers par excellence. With smart integration, we won’t stop,” he stressed.
The president of Lar Cooperativa, Irineu da Costa Rodrigues, presented a calculation demonstrating the high additional cost that production sectors bear due to the absence of other modes of transport. “We have enormous opportunities, but only one modal, the road. This forum shows that logistics is the point on which we must tackle, ”he analyzes.
Representing the cooperatives of Paraguay, Romualdo Zocche highlighted the creation of the biooceanic corridor and the logistics hub in the region as a solution to transport production. “Paraguay will be one of the main beneficiaries. We need this rail corridor to cross our country,” he stressed.
Sponsored by Itaipu Binacional, the logistics forum is organized by the Commercial and Business Association of Foz do Iguaçu and carried out by the Institute for the Development of the Trinational Region, in addition to the support of institutions from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
From 8 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.: thematic panels:
Panel 1: Terminals and Transshipment. Moderator Márcio Roberto Fernandes (Road Research Institute)
Panel 2: Airways. Moderator: João Arthur Mohr (FIEP system)
Panel 3: Railways. Moderator: André Luís Gonçalves (Ferroeste)
Panel 4: Ports and waterways. Moderator: João Arthur Mohr (FIEP system)
Panel 5: Highways. Moderator: Danilo Vendruscolo (ACIFI)
Panel 6: Coordinated management of borders, production and trade. Moderator: Ramiro Wahrhaftig (Araucaria Foundation)
8:00 a.m.: governance and formation of permanent working groups
10:15 a.m.: Final plenary with the presence of international and national authorities
2:00 p.m.: technical visit to the Itaipu Binacional works and the Itaipu Technology Park (prior registration required)
08:00 a.m.: technical visit to the Biopark, in Toledo (prior registration required)
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