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23-04-2021

The maritime and nautical sector is positioned as the driving force behind the economic and social reactivation of Barcelona and its surroundings.

• Fomento del Trabajo hosted a webinar this morning in which prominent actors from the sector such as the Port of Barcelona, ​​Marina Port Vell, MB92 and Barcelona Nautical Cluster, have valued the present and future contribution of this sector with a strategy based on sustainability, innovation and integration in the city. • The Blue Economy contributes a gross added value throughout the European Union of 218,000 million euros, 23,636 of which belong to Spain and 7,300 are generated from Catalonia.

Fomento del Trabajo hosted this morning the webinar 'Barcelona, ​​maritime and nautical hub of the Mediterranean. Opportunity for the economic recovery of Barcelona and its surroundings'. The president of Fomento del Trabajo, Josep Sánchez Llibre, presented the conference and the vice president of the institution, Joaquim Llansó, moderated a round table where relevant actors from the maritime and nautical sector value the present and future contribution that the sector makes in the city and its surroundings, and positioned the maritime and nautical industry of Barcelona as one of the driving forces behind the social and economic recovery caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Participating in the debate were the president of the Port of Barcelona, ​​Mercè Conesa; the CEO of Marina Port Vell, Ignacio Erroz; the financial director of MB92, Antonio Cirera; and the general director of Barcelona Nautical Cluster, Andor Serra. The event was closed by the illustrious Deputy Mayor of Barcelona City Council, Jaume Collboni.

Mercè Conesa, stated that from the Port, the future after the Covid "depends on the diversification and promotion of the Blue Economy" and emphasized that we must have a prepared infrastructure, be clear that we are in ecological transition, in the process of digitization and technicalization. We are going to position the Port of Barcelona in the Champions League of the Ports ”.

For his part, Ignacio Erroz, pointed out that “from Marina Port Vell we generate high value-added tourism for the city. Our visitors can come to the city for pleasure and not only visit Barcelona, ​​but also take the opportunity to enjoy the Catalan coast. But we also attract a visitor to the city who can come for business or to enjoy big events.” Highlighting that the sector brings quality tourism to the city.

In turn, Antonio Cirera, from MB92, emphasized that quality training is vital for economic recovery, and that “it is necessary to promote synergies and collaborations that allow us to innovate and create value towards the economy of the future, which it must grow to be blue and, above all, sustainable."

Andor Serra, Director of the Nautical Cluster, was very hopeful in the capacity of the nautical sector to face the economic recovery, stating that “the nautical sector in Barcelona, ​​can and must grow more. More nautical tourism, more charter offerings, more passers-by, but more sustainable solutions are also needed, developing zero-emission elements, electrification, hybrid supplies, and with the companies currently working in Barcelona we have the opportunity and the obligation to reactivate the sector.”

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