The Canary Islands remain below the average in direct investment per inhabitant

The State accounts for 2023 reduce investment in the island's airports. / arcadio suarez

The 2023 Budgets reduce the economic allocation for the ports and airports of the archipelago

Loreto Gutierrez

In the
State's general budgets (PGE) for 2023 the Canary Islands continues to be among the last autonomies in direct investment per inhabitant -the one included in chapter VI of the bill-, with a provision of
186,6 euroscompared to the state average of 283.6 euros.

The 391.8 million that the State is going to invest in the ports, airports and other organizations of the archipelago next year represent a
2.9% of the total amountwhen the population of the Canary Islands is 4.6% of the state.

Although the planned direct investment is somewhat higher than that of the current year given that the PGE grows globally, the state accounts reflect a
decrease of the games for
ports and airports canaries. By province, in Las Palmas the planned investment in Enaire goes from 61.4 to 55.3 million, while in Santa Cruz de Tenerife it drops from 32.1 to 24.2 million. With regard to the State Ports, in Las Palmas the allocation drops from 58.3 to 55.9 million and only in Santa Cruz de Tenerife it rises slightly from 52.2 to 52.8 million.

These figures place the Canary Islands in the
third place from bottom in direct investment per inhabitant, only ahead of the Balearic Islands (155.2 euros) and Navarra (157). At the other extreme, the autonomous regions that receive the most investment per inhabitant are Cantabria (507.8), Extremadura (451.3) and Aragón (421.4).

Total inversion

Although the Canary Islands remain among the last places in direct investment per inhabitant, the Government delegate in the Canary Islands,
Anselmo Pestanahighlights that in the global calculation, including transfers from Chapter VII and subsidies derived from the REF, the 2023 accounts place the investment per inhabitant in the Canary Islands
"well above the national average."

In a statement, Pestana underlines that "in the last five years with Pedro Sánchez at the head of the Government, the Canary Islands have received a
58% more resources», which in his opinion shows «the commitment of the current Executive with the archipelago and its particular circumstances, especially its insularity and the ultra-periphery».

The Government delegate especially appreciates that the bill that is now beginning its process in Congress has among its objectives
cope with inflation "protecting working people, families and the most vulnerable groups", and stresses that the purchasing power of pensioners is guaranteed with a revaluation of pensions according to the CPI "which will benefit more than
375.000 personas in the Canary Islands," he says.

Pestana considers that in addition to "reorienting budget policy towards greater social justice and transformation of the production model", the Government chaired by Pedro Sánchez has focused "on
the needs of the Canary Islands», not only the immediate ones, but also those of the medium and long term, «responding in an efficient way to the stoppage suffered by the pandemic, with the injection of European funds for economic reactivation», adds the Government delegate.