Canary Islands.- The balance of the webinar organized by Canary and Norwegian institutions and entities to present the business opportunities of the Archipelago in Blue Economy, has brought together more than 100 companies from, not only from Norway, but from France, Portugal, Holland, Switzerland, Iceland, United Arab Emirates and Japan, among other countries. An online working day, which focused mainly on four strategic sectors such as: Offshore, Energy, Blue Biotech and Ocean.
In this webinar, the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) emphasized the role of unique taxation as a competitive value for the development and subsequent marketing of products to international markets, under unique conditions within the framework of the European Union (EU) at be, the companies based in the Islands under this tax regime with a 4% tax on Corporation Tax.
In this event, where the synergies of different Canarian and Norwegian institutions and companies have been added, all the attractions of the Canary Islands in the sector have been shown as a whole, since blue growth is a long-term European Union (EU) strategy term, which is part of the objectives of the 2020 Strategy to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of the marine and maritime sectors, which implies recognizing the seas and oceans as engines of the European economy due to their great potential for innovation and increase.
The Islands, due to their geographical and environmental conditions, constitute an excellent natural laboratory for testing new prototypes of offshore wind energy and wave energy, as well as a center for experimentation and development in marine biotechnology. In addition, the Canary Islands provides the value of proximity as a natural strategic enclave for companies with expansion plans towards African markets with the maximum guarantees of legal security. With regard to the growth potential offered by the local market, there is great growth potential in different areas related to the Blue Economy, linked to the development of biotechnology R & D & i projects or offshore wind energy.
In this field, the Commission, in successive communications, states, among other issues, that new technologies related to the sea, oceans and coasts are essential for future economic growth, job creation, social cohesion and environmental healt.
Program – September 30th
Introduction to the webinar and to Innovation Norway in Spain
Grethe Bergsland, Director, Innovation Norway- Spain
Introduction and competitive advantages offered by the Canary Islands
Javier Pérez Solans, Project Manager – Inward investment Division – PROEXCA
Mar Bianchi, Representative of PROEXCA for the Nordic Countries
Tax advantages for ZEC companies
Alejandro Cañeque, Managing Director, Consortium of the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC)
Norway in the Canary Islands
Odd Are Tveit, Norwegian Consul in Las Palmas
Opportunities and projects in the field of energy and biotech
Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo, R&D&I Director. Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC)
Opportunities in R&D and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors
Jose Joaquín Hernández Brito, Chief Executive Officer at PLOCAN – Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands
Partnering with local companies
Elba Bueno, Director of the Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands
Experience of Norwegian Companies in the Canary Islands
Geir Olsen. General Manager, CCB Zamakona Offshore S.L
European instruments to fund R&D, innovation and technology projects
Mª del Pilar González, Head of the Department of Institutional Promotion and Regional Cooperation
EU Programmes and Territorial Cooperation Directorate. Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)
Concluding remarks and Q&A