The road to the diversification of the Canarian economy wrote yesterday in a new chapter. The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium was the setting for the welcome ceremony for the participants in the fourth high-level meeting to launch the International Center for Atlantic Research (AIR Center). The initiative, which starts in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, puts the Canary Islands at the center of the technological world. Spain will participate in this initiative through the Oceanic Platform (Plocan).
This was confirmed by the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities of the Central Government, Pedro Duque, who highlighted the "strategic" value treasured by the Islands, "not only because of their geographical location," but also because of the level of their "technological infrastructures" . Among the audience were the directors of the two main bastions of the Archipelago in this area: the Plocan, Octavio Llinás, and the Astrophysical Institute (IAC), Rafael Rebolo.
During two days, high representatives of several countries, such as the ministers of Science of several states such as Portugal, Manuel Heitor, and Nigeria Christopher Ogbonnaya, will discuss the structures and mechanisms to be taken into account so that the transfer of knowledge to the productive process supposes a global improvement in their societies.
In this regard, the Minister of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge of the Government of the Canary Islands,Pedro Ortega, pointed out that only "intelligent and inclusive economies guarantee cohesion". On the other hand, losing the train of the technological revolution supposes, in his opinion, "resigning to have unjust societies".
The jump is not possible, however, without the involvement of the private sector, something that has been wanted to ensure in this fourth high-level meeting with the presence of international organizations, scientific institutes and companies, scientists, business leaders and financial institutions in Europe , Africa, United States, Ghana, Holland, Brazil, Germany or Norway.
"We have never been so close to building the future we want," said the Canarian adviser, for whom it is impossible to achieve "sustainable development without innovation". For his part, Pedro Duque committed the total support of the Government of Spain to the initiative, which is not the result of improvisation, but has already gone a "long way", explained in reference to the three previous meetings held in Portugal, Brazil and Cape Verde.
The goal of the AIR Center is to know in detail the processes that govern the Atlantic. For example, the behavior of its tides and marine currents for the use of the energy that produces its push in the electrical generation. Although far from it is only the blue economy, the scope in which the eyes of researchers will be fixed. Astronomy and the study of space, Computing, oceanographic and maritime research in all its aspects, climate change, energy andbig data(analysis of large amounts of data).
The challenge is to apply all the knowledge acquired to improve the daily life of citizens and help them to face the "rapid and global changes", as defined by Pedro Duque, which occur at the present time.
To this, Pedro Ortega added that the Islands present "the best conditions" to become one of the nodes on which the activity of the AIR Center pivots. The conejero highlighted the level of infrastructure that Canarias has to become one of the leaders of this initiative.