Date of Award

11-4-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs

Specialization

Maritime Law & Policy

Campus

Malmö, Sweden

Country

Panama

First Advisor

Carolina Romero

Abstract

This dissertation is a legal analysis of the National Logistics Strategy of Panama 2030 (NLSP) presented by the Logistics Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Panama with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The public-private sector of Panama agreed to follow long-term goals until the year 2030, and achieve with that, the positioning of the country as one of the world’s leading hubs in the global trade industry. By examining the legal regime that involves this national strategy, which was adopted through a national decree, including existing national laws, rules, regulations and previous national strategies related to the subject, this research gave the opportunity to highlight some challenges that need attention for the execution of goals contained in the strategy, and the elimination of barriers that make difficult the implementation. The creation of the strategy put together 20 different strategic axes divided into 4 subsystems that involve entities with different competences one from the other. On the whole, the Logistics Cabinet has a huge responsibility considering the fact that it was in charge not only of the elaboration of the strategy, but also the execution of the same. In particular logistics activities have a significant impact in the country and has recently become more a national concern to take into consideration and for that reason the resources to execute the strategy should be unlimited. The analysis of the national legal framework was composed of several laws that are the result from previous strategies created from different government entities allowing the determination of valid points. This dissertation explores the limitation of the Logistics Cabinet in their duties of being in charge of the execution the strategy and suggest measurements which can be identified from previous strategies related to the logistics sector in the country. The final goal of this research is to contribute to improving the competitiveness of the country and serve as an instrument to be considered when different national strategies are going to be elaborated, creating the way for further dissertations on these topics that link the transport sector in many ways.

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