From The Report: Colombia 2017
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The transport sector is the third-largest sector as a source of new employment and employs 8.5% of the workforce. The sector is poised to continue to grow over the coming years, which makes the issue of infrastructure expansion critical. High logistical costs make Colombian businesses less competitive internationally, but infrastructure investment programmes, such as the 4G programme and the PMTI, are likely to reduce operational costs with benefits trickling down to consumers and through the economy overall. Furthermore, the establishment of a long-term perspective for the advancement of multi-modal transport ensures that the development of the infrastructure will remain a priority for the country’s economic development agenda. This chapter includes interviews with René Puché, President, Port of Barranquilla; and Juan Camilo Samacá, President, Almaviva.