Conference on Future Transportation Alternatives Across the Panamanian Isthmus Held at Washington, DC on 13-14 October 1982.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF EXTERNAL RESEARCH
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The purpose of the Conference was to assess the viability of the Panama Canal over the next 30 years and to draw conclusions and make recommendations about the appropriateness of other trans-Isthmian transportation options. The Conference was organized around four interrelated issues future demand for the Panama Canal, as approximated by forecasts of trade volume and ship transits adequacy of the present Canal in light of future demand the costs and benefits of alternative trans-Isthmian transportation options and recommendations to the U.S. government on research, planning, and financial needs. The point of departure for the Conference discussions was a Briefing Book, prepared by The Futures Group, which presented forecasts of trade volume for the major commodities transiting the Canal, total shipment volume, and number of ship transits. In addition, the Briefing Book included short descriptive essays on the technological and economic attributes of various alternative trans-Isthmian transportation systems.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Civil Engineering