President Receives Guatemala’s National Maritime Protection Strategy

During the event, the President of the National Port Commission awarded the Relámpago award to the Guatemalan President.

by Victor Cojulún

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- Members of the National Port Commission presented Guatemala’s National Maritime Protection Strategy to President Alejandro Giammattei in an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace.

During the event, President Giammattei highlighted some of the progress made in the country’s ports during his administration. He noted that the ports have advanced in technology, putting them on par with international standards and placing Guatemala in a leading  position.

President Giammattei also praised the National Port Commission’s work, which has served the country for 20 years.

About the Strategy 

The strategy arises in response to the growing need to strengthen maritime and port protection. It addresses challenges such as illicit drug trafficking, illegal fishing, piracy, and other related actions.

It also seeks to establish concrete opportunities to mitigate these threats and ensure the integrity of maritime port activities in the region.

Nineteen governmental and non-governmental institutions participated in developing the tool, providing valuable information for its creation.

This is an unprecedented strategy in Latin America. Therefore, it will be an innovative model for other countries seeking to enhance their maritime protection capabilities.

International organizations such as the International Maritime Organization, Transport Canada, SEACOP-UE, DOLE International, and the Ibero-American Institute of Maritime Law actively participated.

This instrument will strengthen Guatemala’s maritime protection and contribute to the region’s stability and prosperity.


During the strategy presentation, the President of the National Port Commission, Omar Ricardo Barrios, awarded President Giammattei the Relámpago medal for the positive impact of his decisions on port protection during the 2020-2023 period.

The distinction, which includes a medal and diploma, was unanimously granted to President Alejandro Giammattei.

Creation Process

The first phase of the strategy began on January 3, 2023, establishing the scope and objectives. The second phase involved compiling relevant information, including data on maritime geography, commercial activities, and threats.

Authorities assessed maritime protection risks during the third phase. They then collected the assessment results in the fourth phase, identifying specific opportunities and solutions to reduce and manage emerging risks. These risk prevention and management strategies aim to promote a safer and protected maritime environment, with the collaboration of international experts such as John Platts, who played a crucial role.

The fifth and final development phase involved the creation of Guatemala’s National Maritime Protection Strategy.

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