Har­bour­ing am­bi­tion

Va­len­cia has be­come the largest port on the Med

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Dave Jones THE RE­GIONAL gov­ern­ment has of­fered its sup­port to turn Va­len­cia’s port into the third largest in Europe.

Re­gional pres­i­dent Ximo Puig said it has al­ready be­come the most im­por­tant port on the Mediter­ranean, mak­ing it ‘a linch­pin in the de­vel­op­ment of the Va­len­cia re­gion’.

“We will work to­gether with the port author­ity and oth­ers to do the very best we can,” stated Sr Puig.

A re­port pre­sented by port author­ity pres­i­dent, Aurelio Martínez shows that Va­len­cia oc­cu­pied sev­enth place in the rank­ings for the Mediter­ranean dur­ing the 1990s but it has now reached top spot.

“Ev­ery­thing we do to aid the port and join it up to the trans- port net­work will help the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the busi­nesses which op­er­ate in the Va­len­cia re­gion,” added Sr Puig.

The re­port states that the port employs 38,000 peo­ple and brings in €1.8 bil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy each year. Sr Puig added that the ‘prob­lems’ that Brexit will bring to the area ‘have to be con­trasted with the new op­por­tu­ni­ties that will come our way’.

He said that a new trade treaty with Ja­pan ‘is on the way’ and they are work­ing on a new deal with Mex­ico.

“We will go to all the ar­eas which are in­di­cated by the Euro­pean Union to po­si­tion our­selves in these new mar­kets,” he added.

Va­len­cia's port is on the rise

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