The new Strategic Plan of the PAV prioritizes sustainability, citizen participation and digitalization

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Source: Port Authority of Valencia, 2020-07-13

Valenciaport will tender this month for €511,000 the development of the new Strategic Plan

The new Plan also contemplates the monitoring of emergency situations, innovation or new business opportunities and logistics development

Juan Manuel Díez, head of Strategic Planning and Innovation of the PAV explains that “it has a 2030 horizon, revisable in 2025, but with a long-term vision that looks to 2050”.

The new business opportunities and technological development; energy transition, decarbonisation and the fight against climate change; digital transformation; innovation; and the Port-City relationship are the five strategic axes of the new Strategic Plan of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) for the 2030 horizon. “This is a Plan to define the ports we want, a joint strategic proposal for Valenciaport but also responding to the singularities and roles of the ports of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía”, explained Juan Manuel Díez, head of Strategic Planning and Innovation of the APV during the press conference where he explained the main lines of the new Plan.

“An initiative that will be revisable in 2025 and that also has a long-term vision until 2050, where it takes into account the characteristics of Valenciaport as a commercial infrastructure at the service of the mobility of goods, as a logistical port at the service of industrial development, of the blue economy and of the supply and distribution needs of the economy, and as a citizen’s port, at the service of the mobility of people, access and enjoyment by citizens to the sea-port front and as an agent creating employment and social welfare,” said Juan Manuel Diez.

The PAV will put out to tender in the next few days the development of the Strategic Plan for €511,000, with a maximum execution period of 9 months and a start date for the work between October and November of this year. The framework of the Strategic Plan will be aligned with the Sustainable Development Objectives of the United Nations and the Green Pact of the European Union. Furthermore, the new Plan is in line with the framework of the port system that is being designed by Puertos del Estado and in which Valenciaport is actively participating.

Health emergency situations

During his speech, Juan Manuel Díez explained that this Plan will allow Valenciaport to be one of the first ports to define its strategy in the post-Covid-19 era and will also contemplate action in health emergency situations such as the one we are currently experiencing. It is an element that is changing the rules of the game and influences on the evolution of goods traffic. In Valenciaport we have responded to this situation and we are aware that health surveillance is at the top level”.

With regard to the city-port relationship, the head of Strategic Planning and Innovation has indicated that it is a fundamental axis of this new plan to continue along the lines being developed by the APV and that it will contemplate measures for “mobility, the management of shared spaces, the contribution to the blue economy or training and employability. It is an open plan to receive the input of institutions, the port community and citizens to define the ports we want for the future.

The Strategic Plan also considers the development of new business and logistic development opportunities such as the promotion of the railway, the modal integration and the integration with the Trans-European Transport Networks or the promotion of logistic areas. Within the framework of energy transition, decarbonisation and the fight against climate change, the new Plan is aligned with the investments of the PAV in its 2030 objective, zero emissions, together with new ones that may be developed in this new project.

Another of the objectives of the new Strategic Plan is the firm commitment to the Digital Transformation to promote new digital business models and connectivity and to position the port as ValenciaSmartPort. In addition, Valenciaport will also focus on its lines of action for the next few years in its commitment as a technological hub and driving force to attract talent to the Valencian Community to promote the knowledge economy.

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