Las Palmas de Gran Canaria hosted the IMPA Las Palmas international event last week, one of the five annual meetings organized by the International Marine Purchasing Association.

The event was carried out in collaboration with Provicanarias and received support from the Government of the Canary Islands through Proexca.

By becoming the host city for this international event, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria joined the exclusive group of cities that organize it, including London, Athens, Singapore, and Hamburg. The event saw the active participation of nearly 150 individuals from companies connected to ship chandlers, suppliers, shipping firms, and shipowners.

Canarias’ strategic port locations, combined with the extensive expertise of ship chandlers and service providers to vessels, have transformed this event into a crucial meeting point. Its purpose is to showcase the port ecosystem, promote the ports of the Archipelago, emphasize their logistical services, and spotlight the broader business community in the Canary Islands.

Within this context, Canarias has seized the opportunity to attract companies in the sector not yet serviced by Canarian ports, fortifying its strategic positioning in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Proexca assumed a central role in the event’s inauguration. The organization’s Managing Director, Dácil Domínguez, actively participated in the welcoming ceremony. Following this, Jerónimo Falcón, Project Manager of Proexca’s Investment Area, engaged in a panel discussion alongside representatives from the Zona Especial Canaria (ZEC) and the Economic Promotion Society of Gran Canaria (SPEGC). The dialogue focused on elucidating the advantages offered by Canarias, particularly Gran Canaria, for the development of port-related activities.

IMPA Las Palmas forms an integral part of the Government of the Canary Islands’ overarching strategy for the blue economy. This burgeoning sector poses new challenges for administrations, companies, and associations across a multitude of fields, including ship repair, maritime transport, marine biotechnology, fishing, and the establishment and development of offshore wind energy, among a plethora of other economic activities. In these domains, the Islands are steadily making strides towards becoming an international benchmark.