The island of Fuerteventura aims to become a business hub for West Africa after making contacts during the visit to Washington DC of the president of the Island Council of Fuerteventura, Blas Acosta, the minister of Economic Promotion of the Island Council of Fuerteventura, Manuel Hernández, and the AFRIMAC project, on the occasion of the traditional National Prayer Breakfast.
Among the meetings that took place during this trip, a representation of the World Bank Group stands out, to whom the details of the AFRIMAC 2 project were given. AFRIMAC 2 is an initiative of the Island Council of Fuerteventura “for the business, technological, entrepreneurial and innovative exchange in matters of high economic impact between the Canary Islands and West Africa”, which will have its official presentation tomorrow, February 12, in Fuerteventura.
Among the meetings of strategic interest for the island of Fuerteventura and for the Canary Islands we can also find the meeting held with the heads of APR Energy, an enterprise that had a logistics centre in the Puerto de la Luz y de Las Palmas until its worldwide was cancelled to return it to Jacksonville (Florida), but which still has important interests in Africa and sees the Canary Islands as an example of a middle way between the full achievement of renewable energies and the use of fossil energies, in addition to understanding the advantages of establishing itself in an insular territory such as Fuerteventura.
This way, Fuerteventura could be presented as a possible location for its businesses with Africa. Besides, the APR Energy’s representative, Eric Toumayan, is also minister of the Secretary of Commerce in the business work group in Africa, in addition to being part of the board of directors of the Corporate Council on Africa, with headquarters in Washington.
Meetings were also held with representatives of the Multilateral Organizations Management of Spain in the United States, as well as with the main executives of Winrock International, a non-governmental organization with worldwide presence that provides solutions to some of the world’s most complex social, agricultural and environmental challenges.
Inspired by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, the Winrock International’s mission is to empower the most disadvantaged countries, to increase economic opportunities and, at the same time, to maintain and guarantee the planet’s natural resources. Winrock International is a non-profit institution that counts with more than 140 agricultural, environmental and social development projects in over 46 countries.
The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event in which the president of the United States and the Congress members join North American leaders, the international diplomatic community and various world leaders from over 140 invited countries, to set aside possible differences and to establish professional relations, as well as to deepen international ties.