The Canary Island Cluster, research centres and business associations from Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands have signed the Macaronesia Marine-Maritime Alliance with a view to promoting socio-economic activity, sustainable development and growth based on scientific-technical knowledge in the marine-maritime field through active regional, national and international co-operation-
The Macaronesia Marine-Maritime Alliance has been set up by the Canary Island Maritime Cluster, the Technological Centre of Marine Sciences, the Canary Island Oceanic Platform, the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Azores (CCIA), the Regional Agency for Developing Technological Research and Innovation of Madeira (ARDITI), the Trade and Industry Association of Madeira (ACIF) and the Barlavento Chamber of Commerce (CCB) at the "Blue Growth in the Central Atlantic Economy" conference, organised by the SmartBlue project, which received 85% of its funding from ERD funds through the Interreg-MAC Operating Programme 2014-2020.
The agreement founding the Macaronesia Marine-Maritime Alliance was signed in Casa Africa in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the presence of the Minister of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge of the Canary Island Government, Pedro Ortega, the Spanish Ambassador to Cape Verde, Dolores Ríos, the President of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, and the Director General of Casa Africa, Luis Padrón.
The Alliance will drive co-operation in the marine and maritime sectors, including transport and ship-building, ports and logistics, off-shore oil and gas, cruise tourism, construction of leisure and marine vessels, navy/defence, mining minerals from the sea-bed, fishing, aquiculture, off-shore wind, wave and tidal power, maritime surveillance, coastal and ecosystem protection, blue bio-technology and marine bio-fuels and other sectors of mutual interest, and water sectors, including fresh-water resources that feed ocean basins, discharges of waste waters in coastal waters and desalination.
The objectives of the Alliance are to promote relations so that companies operating in the marine-maritime field can access new market opportunities and combine the experience necessary to penetrate these markets, as well as attempting to build new international consortia to address technological gaps when necessary, and to facilitate access to funding opportunities. It also aims to provide a marketing channel for universities and research institutes to help transfer knowledge to marine-maritime companies and compile experiences, data and promotional material to maintain a strong, sound “blue” strategy, among others.