Red Cross manages humanitarian aid to 54 African countries from its logistics center in the Canary Islands
With over 6,780 m2 of storage space, figure that will be expanded shortly, as ‘the logistics center need to be relocated to improve the work carried out from this strategic Atlantic tri-continental platform: part of Europe, close Africa and on the shipping routes to South America”, says Rodríguez.
In 2018 the Red Cross sent 48,980 kg of equipment from the Canary Islands to eight countries, including kitchen kits, plastic awnings, blankets, family tents, tool kits, water cans, mats, innovation kits and body bags.
The Canary Islands have enormous potential as a service platform for international companies operating in Africa, which is why it has become the center of the economic fabric with the African continent, Europe and America. With the best tax regime in Europe (4% corporate tax rate), legal and financial security, the Canary Islands are a functional and competitive logistics center.
Located between three continents: Europe, Africa and America, the Canary Islands have a unique strategic location and excellent sea and air connections. They are extremely well-connected with Europe by means of 596 weekly direct flights to the United Kingdom and around 411 to Germany, among others. They also count on 48 weekly flights to African destinations, including the main airports in Morocco, Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde and Gambia.
The Canary Islands have consolidated business relationships in 16 African countries with over 100 companies with headquarters or offices in the Islands. More than 80 local Canary Islands’ companies do business with Africa via their airports and ports, with turnover rates growing year by year, meaning the Canary Islands are one of the most important locations in Spain.