Published on 19 April 2021
Witteveen+Bos strengthens presence in Latin America
Consultancy and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos has recently opened a new office in Panama. This expansion is in line with the increasing number of projects being worked on in Latin America. The new premises will function as a front office, Panama being chosen due to its central location in the region. With this new office, Witteveen+Bos has strengthened its local position in delta and water technology. Work has also commenced on projects for resilient cities.
‘We have already completed many projects in this region and see great potential for growth in various markets,’ explains Paul Ravenstijn, managing director of the Panama front office. ‘We spent years working on the Itaipu Dam shipping bypass, for example, and we are currently working on a maritime port terminal in Uruguay and, in Trinidad and Tobago, a master plan and design for measures relating to urban water management.’ The company wants to leverage its strong client base in Latin America to further expand its activities in the field of delta and water technology. This will involve extensive collaboration with local partners.
Stephan van der Biezen, director at Witteveen+Bos: ‘Our front office in Panama has a three-part objective. First of all, we want to further strengthen our regional network of reliable clients and partners who, like us, are assuming their responsibility on the question of integrity. This is most effective when you have a presence in the region. Secondly, we see a demand for our Sustainable Design Principles in the region. These can help us make a significant contribution to SDGs including Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) and Climate Action (SDG 13). And finally, our compact front offices around the world contribute to the development of international entrepreneurial talent.’