The spokesman for the Canarian Coalition (CC) in the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, requests an increase of 8.5 million euros in the 2022 budget to promote employment linked to innovation. For Alonso, “it is essential to invest money to diversify the economy.” He argues that the innovation budget has been reduced by 34% compared to last year, since it has gone from 24.5 million euros to 16 million. “If you really want to boost employment, you can’t take economic resources away,” says Alonso.
In this regard, the CC politician points out that “it is necessary for the Cabildo to start up the Intech Santa Cruz enclave, located in Cuevas Blancas.” It is a multisectoral park of 262,000 square meters, with a building of about 4,700, intended for the accommodation and incubation of technology-based companies and nurseries. They are spaces in which management, administration and management offices can be installed, as well as meeting areas.
Alonso recalls that “since the last mandate, we have been committed to this type of infrastructure to promote the innovative sector, which generates a lot of qualified employment.” He insists that “we have to diversify the economy and work to improve the tourist destination, but also bet on innovation and technology and generate new employment niches.” He underlines: “We promoted the change of model towards innovation through the Tenerife 2030 strategy, although the current government group suppressed it.”
The CC-PNC spokesman recalled the investment made in the Hogar Gomero Scientific and Technological Pole, in the construction of Iactec and Nanotec, and the support of its activities with the TF Innova 2016-2021 program, through the Strategic Framework of Insular Development (MEDI) and the Canary Islands Development Fund (Fdcan), as well as the Agustín de Betancourt knowledge transfer contracts.