March 16 and 17 2017 will be marked as a before and after in the service sector for the offshore industry in the Canary Islands after the I O & G Meeting Day. This event aimed to gather 96 senior representatives of the sector from 22 countries, achieving a strong boost to the positioning and visibility of the Canary Islands as a consolidated destination and an ideal place for the present and future of the offshore sector. Also, participated the main Canary Islands and international companies of the sector established in the archipelago.
During the inauguration of this I O & G Meeting Day, the Minister of Economy, Industry, Commerce and Knowledge of the Government of the Canary Islands, Pedro Ortega, stressed that there are already fifty companies in the sector in the Canary Islands that generate 3,000 direct jobs and 3,000 jobs Indirect.
Attendees of these conferences were able to know first-hand that in addition to the geographical enclave of the Canary Islands, the status of European region, the quality of port infrastructures and the benefits provided by our Economic and Fiscal Regime (REF) to foreign companies, gives to the Canary Islands a set of unique advantages in its environment for the development of the offshore sector. These aspects were detailed by the top executives of the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC), PROEXCA (Government of the Canary Islands) and SPEGC (Cabildo de Gran Canaria).
During the Meeting topics, such as the environment, quality, safety, occupational health and professional qualifications were discussed, since the objective of I O & G Meeting Day was to address the need for companies and workers in this sector, which is changing and constantly evolves, adapting the training and the ways of operating to the new technological and legal requirements that prevail in the industry at an international level. Furthermore, the European directive on safety in this offshore sector was analysed in detail from very different perspectives.
Among the speakers was Mr. Chris Wright, manager of OPITO in Cyprus, who in an interview with the local press highlighted the importance of Gran Canaria in the offshore sector and the value that means that the island and the archipelago counts with a training centre accredited by OPITO (Stier Training Center) to provide the necessary qualification to those who want to work in the offshore sector. Other speakers included Mrs. Onyebuchi Sibeudu from Nigeria’s oil resources department, who gave a lecture on occupational safety and health; Or Shell Nigeria’s Amadi Amadi, who outlined his vision of the industry globally and especially in Africa.
The attendees also had the opportunity to visit Casa África and the Port of Las Palmas with a very positive assessment, as they have been able to see on the ground the economic, fiscal, technological, legal, geostrategic and training advantages that the Canary Islands offers to the multinationals of this industry. Below you can find a photographic summary of everything that happened during the celebration of this first meeting.
The seminars closed with a visit to the specialized facilities in the maritime training and skills for the offshore sector of the Stier Training Center Group in Taliarte, where the guests were entertained with a barbecue and with different musical and dance performances of diverse styles such as typical Canarian music, Arab and African dances to honour and thank the participation of all the attendees.
Below you can find a photographic summary of everything that happened during the celebration of this first meeting.