What do the administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, the U.S. Maritime Administrator, the planning and research director for the Suez Canal Authority and at least a half dozen port authority chief executives have in common? They, together with other "C-suite" shipping line, rail, marine terminal operator, financial and property development executives are among the luminaries who will be leading discussions at the American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) Shifting International Trade Routes workshop in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 15-16, 2009.

Cosponsored by Maritime Administration and hosted by the Tampa Port Authority, this 1½ -day program will examine changing global trade patterns, impacts of improving "all water" shipping routes, anticipated waterside and marine terminal development needs, increased road and rail capacity requirements and infrastructure financing challenges needed in the coming decade, particularly in light of the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal due for completion in 2014.

"From cruise ships to container ships and bulk carriers to vessels that transport automobiles, the Panama Canal for the past century has played an increasingly vital role for moving people and cargo from one side of the globe to the other," said Jean Godwin, AAPA's executive vice president. "Expanding this crucial trans-ocean shipping lane to accommodate more and larger vessels will certainly change the status quo, resulting in increased trade opportunities for seaports in the Western Hemisphere, while making it necessary to make major investments in water- and land-side transportation infrastructure. With a blue ribbon roster of presenters, our Shifting International Trade Routes program will set the tone for the entire goods movement industry."

Panama Canal CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta will speak at the seminar. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is the autonomous agency that manages the Panama Canal, the leading interoceanic waterway that serves world maritime commerce. Sr. Alemán has been a leader in significant development projects in his native Panama. He began his career in the construction field serving as the CEO for one of the largest consturction companies in the Republic of Panama. He served as Administrator of the former Panama Canal Commission, the federal agency of the U.S. government responsible for the canal and upon transfer of the Canal to the Republic of Panama in 1999 became its Administrator. In 2005 the Canal’s Board of Directors appointed Sr. Alemán to another seven year term.

A native of Panama City, Republic of Panama, Alberto Alemán Zubieta is a graduate of the civil and industrial engineering schools from Texas A&M University.

Sr. Alemán will provide a firsthand update current issues related to Panama Canal Expansion and discuss of the impact/importance of the Panama Canal expansion to global trading partners.