The European Commission budgets 90 billion euros for development aid, up 30%.

  • Tenerife Licita participates in the IV Meeting of Tendering Companies where it highlights the importance of actions in Africa.

The European Commission wants to increase the funds it allocates to development aid. The Commission wants to have about 90,000 million euros for the next period 2021-2027, which would represent an increase of about 30% compared to the previous year. The territories where it wants to focus its action are Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and the Caucasus. In addition, it will prioritize programs that contribute to curbing climate change, for which it will reserve 25% of the budget, the fight against social inclusion and human development (20% of the total) and actions for migration (10%). The director of Devco A6 (office of the European Commission in charge of the programming of the External Financing instruments within the Directorate General for Internationalization, Cooperation and Development), Javier Raya, advanced these data, which are pending final approval by the Union. Raya made these statements during his participation in the IV Meeting of Spanish Bidding Companies, which took place this week in Asturias and which focused on the new budgetary framework of the European Union. The director of Devco 6 said that in the face of the position of some countries that have announced that they will withdraw their support for the development of third countries, the European Union is going to react by increasing its allocations. "The world needs more Europe," which will increase the overall amount, he stressed. 

Raya explained that a new financial instrument has been created, called Ndici (International Cooperation, Development and Neighborhood Instrument), which will merge the 15 existing support instruments. The objective, as he indicated, is to gain in agility, "so that we can offer a quicker response" to situations of need that may arise. Likewise, 8% of the overall budget is reserved for other issues, such as the internationalization of companies. 

The IV Meeting of Tendering Companies was inaugurated by the general director of Internationalization of the ICEX, Javier Serra, the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Avilés, Luis Noguera, the general director of Industry of the Government of the Principality of Asturias, Rosana Prado, and the vice-president of the Asturian Federation of Entrepreneurs, Maria Calvo. Serra stressed that this meeting, which was previously held in Seville, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Merida, "is going to more", participating in this edition 64 companies. She also said that, according to provisional data, the number of Spanish companies participating in international tenders and the volume of funds they obtain is increasing. 

Coordinated assistance

Félix Fernández, director of Devco A1, which manages the area of internationalization, cooperation and development policy for the European Commission, commented that the European Union is changing the way it works. Cooperation is moving towards a more global approach, where, in addition, it wants the public and private sectors to work together. The new approach foresees a greater role for the European Union delegations in the countries receiving development aid, where the requests of each government will be assessed. It is also intended that the European Commission's contributions will be in line with those of the different national cooperation institutions, such as the Spanish AECID. 

Finally, Maria Lacasa, head of the Multilateral Department of the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office in Brussels, pointed out that Spain is the fourth largest executor of development aid funds, behind France, Germany and Italy and ahead of the United Kingdom. In his speech, he recommended participants to prepare their internationalization strategy through tenders and to be attentive to the plans prepared for each country receiving funds and published on the ICEX portal.

New opportunities

Tenerife Licita, the bidding companies club of the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Island Council, was present at the IV Meeting of Spanish Bidding Companies, where it also had a table for the search of potential partners for Canary Islands companies. The director of the Foreign Trade Department, Pedro Machado, and the technician specialized in international tenders, Silvia Rodríguez, maintained different contacts with companies and institutions, both to understand the new budgetary framework of the European Union, and to look for alliances with other organizations or collaborations. In addition, the Chamber of Santa Cruz de Tenerife participated in the Multilateral Working Group of the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) with the different autonomous communities, where the national strategy on international tenders to be prepared for this year was set.  

The Tenerife Licita club of bidding companies is developed jointly by the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Cabildo of Tenerife through the Area of External Action and Tourism of Tenerife. It involves 22 private and public entities that aim to bid for tenders from multilateral organizations such as the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank, among others. The members of Tenerife Licitan have at their disposal a service to alert them to opportunities and a support office to help them prepare the documentation and apply for international tenders.

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