06 de May 2015
Creation of the Public–Private Coordination Unit for Improving Bogota Region's Logistics Performance
- Iniciativa público privada, fruto de un convenio entre la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, la Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico e Invest in Bogota. Actualmente se está tramitando la adhesión de la Gobernación de Cundinamarca.
- A public–private initiative has been established, following an agreement between the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Economic Development, and Invest in Bogota. The involvement of the Departmental Government of Cundinamarca and the Department of Mobility are currently underway.
- This project commences the public–private coordination of institutions for the logistics of the Bogota Region and of Cundinamarca.
- The structuring and execution of the Regional Logistics Plan (PLR, as per the Spanish original) has been on the agenda of the last three district and departmental administrations.
- This regional project will significantly impact the country by being able to undertake activities that require the involvement of national and regional actors.
- The unit will function as a managing body of projects prioritized in Phase 2 of the PLR, and thus it will coordinate the logistics of public and private sector initiatives for the Bogota Region.
- Its main objectives include defining a public policy for logistics development, beginning the execution of projects currently in the pre-feasibility stage, and executing a program for the adoption of good logistics practices.
Juan Gabriel Pérez, Executive Director of Invest in Bogota, explains that “The Unit’s consolidation is a part of the third phase of the Regional Logistics Plan, the executing entity of which is Invest in Bogota, a public–private entity with substantial experience in the promotion of high-impact projects. It is therefore the ideal organization to house a unit dedicated to regional logistics. Although the PLR is a project for Bogota and the 116 municipalities of Cundinamarca, this regional project will eventually impact the entire country by undertaking activities that require the involvement of national and regional actors.”
Carlos Simancas, District Secretary of Economic Development, suggests that “The Regional Logistics Plan has been on the agenda of three administrations through the District Planning Department and the Department of Economic Development through partnerships with the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, the Departmental Government of Cundinamarca, and recently Invest in Bogota. The Regional Logistics Plan was created after considering the fact that Bogota and Cundinamarca need a guideline or framework of guidance that comprehensively specified the actions and projects required to improve the region’s logistics performance.”
Mónica de Greiff, Chairwoman of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, states “Our region is the country’s second cargo hub, from which 36 million tons a year leave and 50 million tons enter. This motivates us to work in coordination in Bogota and Cundinamarca, and in hand with the Colombian Government to develop high-impact and sustainable projects.”
By implementing certain projects, the unit aims to organize the public and private sectors to work in coordination in logistics; strengthen foreign trade through policy guidelines and logistics projects that improve regional competitiveness; reduce the logistics costs of foreign trade through efficient planning of flows, services, and information; and adopt measures for the integrity of the supply chain and trade flows.
The following specific projects are prominent among those that the unit will manage: the implementation of a Logistics Observatory for Bogota and Cundinamarca, progress in the development of peri-urban logistics platforms, and logistics capacity strengthening of strategic supply chains.
Mr. Pérez concludes, “The unit will operate as an incubator of the projects that had been prioritized in Phase 2 of the PLR and serve as a coordinator between private investors and the public sector. Its objectives will be to define a public policy for logistics development, begin the execution of projects in their pre-feasibility stage, and execute a program for the adoption of good logistics practice. Specifying the prioritized projects will be a firm step toward improving the Bogota Region’s competitiveness, thus boosting its economic, corporate, and industrial development.”