Diego Pavía, General Manager of Atos Origin for Spain and Portugal.
The Canary Islands is a key area for the development of our business for a variety of reasons. First, because the islands have a large number of highly qualified and trained professionals. In addition, this area has great development possibilities. As a result, we are focusing on the region via our company Atos Origin Consulting Canarias. Another element which makes the Canary Islands highly valuable is their geographical location. The islands are very important strategically as a bridge to northern Africa, where significant consulting and systems integration projects are beginning to appear. The countries of the Maghreb are placing a great deal of confidence in Spanish ITC companies, and if we want to be there, it is essential that we go through the Canary Islands.
Additionally, the government of the Canary Islands has made a decided commitment to promoting the information society on the islands, and our experience allows us to position ourselves well to work with the regional government on promoting e-administration.
Statements by Mr. Mario Armero, President of GENERAL ELECTRIC for Spain and Portugal (from Canarias7, 11 June 2006).
“In February 2005, GENERAL ELECTRIC purchased Ionics Ibérica, a company located in the Canary Islands. After the takeover, the company name was changed to GE Water, and today it is our flagship in terms of desalinization activities throughout the world. It has great technology and personnel, and now we are strengthening it as an anchor for bringing GE into the world of water. It will be the operational headquarters for our water-related activities, and a platform for activities in the rest of the world.”
“The Canary Islands offer growth on various fronts. Firstly, growth in the health industry. [...] Then there is the issue of water, where the Canary Islands are a world leader. And thirdly, energy. The Canary Islands continue to require an electrical installation with greater capacity and we, among other things, manufacture aerogenerators.”
“This will be a place to be for companies wanting to expand into Northern Africa. I see the Canary Islands as a platform for activities in northern Africa for many multinationals.”
“The Canary Islands is an interesting future market for us.”
Last updated: 28|11|2016
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