The president of the Island Council of Fuerteventura, Marcial Morales, recently met with the director of Labor and Tourism of the Government of Cape Verde, Paulo Semedo, and the director of Heritage and Finance of the Government of Cape Verde, Joao Tomar, to assess the initiatives that have been carried out within the Afrimac territorial cooperation project and to address future collaboration agreements. The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Economic Promotion, Innovation and Employment, Rafael Páez, among others.
Afrimac is a project for business exchange in matters of high economic and environmental impact between the Canary Islands and West Africa. This initiative, led by the Island Council of Fuerteventura, has as investment priority support for the ability of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, as well as in innovation processes.
In this way, Afrimac’s general objective is to improve the knowledge of existing business opportunities in the international arena. On the one hand, it is proposed to act in specific sectors with high added value such as water and renewable energies. Thus, actions have been taken to increase the knowledge of these sectors and encourage business cooperation. At this point, we should highlight the celebration, in November of last year, of Africagua: an international meeting focused on water and renewable energies that brings together the public and private sector to seek and develop opportunities in the countries of West Africa, with the organization of the Government of the Canary Islands, the Island Council of Fuerteventura, Casa África and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Fuerteventura.
On the other hand, in order to increase commercial exchanges at an international level, work networks have been set up based on a technological platform that serves as a meeting point between the needs generated in African countries and the search for suppliers and even financing. for them.
The Operational Program of Territorial Cooperation Madeira-Azores-Canarias (MAC) 2014-2020 is the main instrument available to the ultra peripheral regions of Spain and Portugal to offer an effective response to the common challenges they face in terms of innovation , competitiveness, internationalization and sustainable development.
The Cooperation Space is also composed of three countries: Cape Verde, Senegal and Mauritania, which due to their geographical proximity, have been invited and have accepted to participate in the Program that has allowed to expand the natural space of socio-economic and cultural influence.