The Barcelona React congress has closed its doors this Friday after four days of debate , in which it has hosted 25 work sessions, has had 111 speakers, and has registered 850 face-to-face participants and 2,200 online participants. At the center of the debates, the keys to economic recovery and for Barcelona to continue with the vitality as a city that it had before the pandemic.
Among the projects presented, the Barcelona Sports Tech Hub projects incubator at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium; the creation of the new public-private platform Barcelona Innovation Coast, and the agreement between the City Council and the Port of Barcelona to create a blue economy hub, among others.
The CEO of the GSMA , John Hoffman , has called to fill the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which will take place from June 28 to July 1, with up to 35,000 local attendees, compared to 25,000 in other editions.
He said it this Friday at the closing of the reACT conference in Barcelona, in which the fourth vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera; the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau; the ‘minister’ of Company and Coneixement, Ramon Tremosa; and the first deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni.
“We have the opportunity, the space, let’s bring those who may not have had the opportunity to participate, let’s bring them to the doors and show the world that this is ground zero for recovery,” said Hoffman, thanking the support received by the authorities of Barcelona, Catalonia and all of Spain to continue celebrating the MWC, as well as all the people who have worked to be able to have this event in person again in the Catalan capital.
The manager insisted on the need to hold a face-to-face event to be able to be together in person and to send a message of hope that business is back, and stressed that the event reminds the world of what Barcelona and Spain have to offer. .
Ribera recalled the need to maintain the collective attitude of “cooperation of the consumption model with respect for the environment”, within the framework of a process of global digitization of the economy and at a time when Spain will have the equivalent of 20 % of GDP in aid for economic recovery due to the pandemic.
In any case, the Minister of Ecological Transition has pointed out that “it is not a question of rebuilding but of reactivating”, in a strategy that should prioritize the elimination of “an inequality gap that is not sustainable.”
For this it is necessary that both public and private investments “take into account environmental limits”, said Ribera, “as the main column of the European proposal for growth” within the framework of this digital transformation.
Both Colau and Collboni have shown confidence in the recovery of economic activity in the city and the metropolitan area thanks to the resilience of the city and its inhabitants. “Barcelona is prepared to lead its own model of way out of the current crisis” and that generates a “more egalitarian and sustainable social model”. Colau has advocated a more “prosperous and cooperative” economic growth model.
Tremosa has made reference to the importance of European funds to cement the recovery, resources that must be directed, he recalled, “not to current spending” but to “reconvert the industry.”
The ‘minister’ highlighted the need for a commitment to the automobile sector and to make investments in investments related to the electrification of the automobile fleet. He also recalled that the Catalan growth model of the last 10 years has been based on exports and attracting foreign investment.