April 27, 2016 – Lisardo Bolaños collaborated with the Guatemalan Association of Non-Traditional Exporters in presenting their Roadmap to increase Guatemalan manufacturing exports. Reducing the time and cost of domestic and international transportation is one of the main challenges to increasing exports. For some manufacturing sectors, the ability to supply with short lead times can become an important competitive edge for a country so close to the United States.
Center Graduate Research Associate Lisardo Bolaños, who previously worked with a think tank in Guatemala, was interviewed about ten P3 projects to be implemented in Guatamela, including highways, railroad, airports, ports and a gas pipeline. Guatemalan P3 Agency, ANADIE, is evaluating the feasibility of these projects.
On February 9, 2016, Dr. Jonathan Gifford gave a briefing to guests of the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). The program focuses on the role of public-private partnerships in restructuring economies. Click to view Gifford’s presentation, U.S. Transportation Public Private Partnerships: Governance and Institutional Arrangements.
Center Graduate Research Associate Jeong Yun (“JK”) Kweun is a 2016 recipient of George Mason University’s Summer Research Fellowship. The Fellowship provides funding for masters and doctoral level students to spend concentrated time on thesis or dissertation research over the summer break without the distraction of securing and carrying out other employment. JK was selected from dozens of highly-qualified applicants conducting cutting-edge, innovative research at the University.
Center Intern Vinh Mai’s research proposal, “How do developing countries like Vietnam attract worldwide highway developers to participate in P3 projects?” was recently selected for funding by George Mason University’s Undergraduate Research Scholar Program (URSP). Through the research, Mai hopes to devise an innovative method for attracting global developers to Vietnam’s highway market. The work also aims to better understand why the promising Vietnam P3 market has not yet attracted more global interest. Mai plans to share his findings with officials of the Vietnam Department of Transportation.