The Gran Canaria Chamber of Commerce promotes the advantages offered by the island

The Chamber organizes the visit of a delegation of representatives of the Chambers of Commerce of the Valencian Community to Gran Canaria, to hold different institutional meetings

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

The Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Gran Canaria, chaired by José Sánchez Tinoco, has organized the visit of a delegation of representatives of the Chambers of Commerce of the Valencian Community to Gran Canaria, to hold various institutional meetings, with the objective of
make them aware of the advantages and opportunities that the Island offers to invest, and the successful model of public-private collaboration that the Autonomous Government and the Canarian chambers have carried out.

The Valencian delegation, led by the president of the Council of Chambers of Commerce of the Valencian Community and the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, José Vicente Morata, was made up of the president of the Alicante Chamber, Juan Riera; the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Castellón, Dolores Guillamón; the general secretary of the Chamber of Valencia, Ana Encabo; the general secretary of the Chamber of Alicante, Andrés Sevila; the Secretary General of the Chamber of Castellón, Antonio Jesús Ramos; the general director of the Chamber Council of the Valencian Community, Lourdes Soriano; and the managing director of the Chamber of Valencia, Jorge Linares.

The delegation maintained
a meeting with the Minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary IslandsElena Manez. The Minister highlighted the fundamental role played by the Chambers of Commerce as a transmission belt for all public initiatives for the entire productive fabric, thus performing an invaluable task in promoting relations between the public and private spheres.

In particular, Elena Máñez highlighted the work of the Canarian chambers and their recent work as a collaborating entity, which was essential to distribute the 1,144 million euros of aid for losses derived from Covid-19 among more than 20,000 companies on the Islands, the maximum amount of all the Spanish autonomous communities, and whose degree of execution in the Canary Islands has been much higher than the national average. Likewise, the counselor showed her predisposition for this visit to be the beginning of a collaboration with the Chambers of the Valencian Community.

For his part, the president of the Council of Chambers of the Valencian Community, José Vicente Morata, expressed his interest in having the Canary Islands Chambers to operate with the African market. Morata has highlighted
the role of the Chambers as a collaborative instrument so that aid reaches all SMEs and the self-employed, and has stressed the fundamental role of the Canary Islands as a key geostrategic point to operate with Africa.

The delegation, which was joined by Vicente Boluda, a member of the Executive Committee of the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, who made a visit to the port of La Luz and Las Palmas, was received by the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Luis Ibarra, who highlighted that the Port maintains regular traffic with more than 30 ports in Atlantic Africa, being the main supplier of bunkering in the Middle Atlantic.

In this line, Ibarra pointed out:
“Our goal for the immediate future is to make up to 200,000 square meters available to the offshore wind segment in the dock of Africa; It is a diaphanous surface reclaimed from the sea, with mooring in deep waters, which is destined to become the great logistics center of the wind sector».

In this sense, José Vicente Morata, expressed the importance of the port of Las Palmas to establish connections with companies in the Valencian community.

The delegation held a meeting with the vice-president of the Canary Islands Special Zone Consortium, María José Miranda, who explained the keys to the ZEC fiscal instrument,
highlighting that it is the lowest taxation in Europe. Miranda, who explained to the representatives of the Chambers of the Valencian communitythat more and more companies are benefiting from this tax regime, a formula widely used by startups, expressed his intention to collaborate with the chambers to facilitate the establishment of Valencian companies in the Canary Islands.

The visit concluded at the facilities of the Gran Canaria Economic Promotion Society (SPEGC). Through the 'Best in Gran Canaria' initiative, Guillermo Quintana, from the Department of Economic Promotion, presented the strategic lines of island priority actions and the verticals in which both territories can collaborate (digital sector-ICT solutions, logistics, start-ups , blue economy, etc.).

Along these lines, he stressed that Gran Canaria is an essential node in maritime transport, with direct maritime and air connections with several ports and airports in the Valencian community.
«The Island is postulated, in this way, as a natural center of transformation and re-export of goods and services produced in the Valencian community, particularly destined for LATAM and Africa, but it also intends to act as a destination for testing and developing digital solutions and Valencian start-ups». Likewise, the closeness, affinity of the business culture, legal certainty, logistical and operational efficiency, tax advantages and local talent that Gran Canaria treasures were valued.

For his part, the president of the Chamber of Gran Canaria, José Sánchez Tinoco, stated
their satisfaction with the result of the visit, and the establishment of collaborative ties with companies in the Valencian community.

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