Support given to Canarian fishing sector operating with Africa

Friday, 17 July 2015

The Canary Islands Government and the Canarian Federation of Port Companies (FEDEPORT) signed an agreement to develop strategies to support the internationalization and implementation of companies linked to the fisheries industry in West Africa, with special emphasis on Mauritania.

The pact was signed by the delegate counselor of Proexca, Pablo Martín-Carbajal; and the president of FEDEPORT, Jose Juan Ramos Perez.

According to Martin-Carbajal, the geographical position of the Canary Islands and the public-private investment efforts have made it possible to place local ports among the most competitive ones.

In addition, he quantified at about EUR 40 million annually the direct income generated by the fishing activity, EFE agency reported.

The budget for this initiative totals EUR 143,000, and will be eligible for the same consignee companies, shipping agents, operators, shippers, stevedores or contractors for loading and unloading ships, warehouses, cold storage facilities and integrated firms in the field of ship repairs, among others.

This agreement is part of the subscribed fishing deals between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania, sanctioning landings in the port of Las Palmas of the catches performed in Mauritanian waters.

Now that the negotiations between the parties have resumed, it is intended that the new fisheries agreement contemplates landings at the port of Noadibou and in the capital of Gran Canaria.

Under the new agreement between the Canary Islands and FEDEPORT it is expected to organise sector meetings and work gatherings in Mauritania, in Brussels and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Companies receiving advice from Proexca under this agreement will have the help of the European Enterprise Network through services that they can get for their internationalization.




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