The Junta de Andalucía and the Ministry of Defense expand their collaboration to promote the sector in the community
The Regional Ministries of Finance, Industry and Energy and Economy, Knowledge, Business and University together with the National Ministry of Defense organized in Aerópolis on May 14 Aerópolis a day of dissemination of opportunities linked to defense to bring to the Andalusian industrial fabric the new national and international programs in which the defense technology will be developed in the coming years, as well as the procedures to work and contract with the Armed Forces in the national, European and NATO fields, and to at your disposal the instruments of impulse and support at the national level and the Junta de Andalucía.
The defense sector has three leading companies in Andalusia: Airbus in the aerospace secto, Navantia in the naval sector and General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas in land transport, whose estimated turnover in 2017 stood at 1,855 million euros. The auxiliary industry, on the other hand, is made up of more than 320 companies, with a turnover of 1,400 million, which means that the defense-related activity represents more than 26.2% of the Gross Value Added (GVA) of the industry Andalusian manufacturing and almost 2.2% of regional GDP, and generates employment among the tractor and auxiliary companies of more than 20,800 jobs, 9.4% of the total regional employment in the manufacturing industry.
The day was opened by the Secretary General of Industry, Energy and Mines, Natalia González Hereza, and the General Director of Armament and Material of the Ministry of Defense, Admiral Santiago Ramón González. González Hereza highlighted the promotion of public institutions to promote a European defense policy that provides adequate resources through the European Defense Fund, an initiative in which Spanish industries already participate and which also has an Andalusian presence.
The Secretary General of Industry, Energy and Mines, Natalia González Hereza, at the conference
The recent surge in the defense budgets of most European countries, the re-launching of the Common Security and Defense Policy of the EU and the entry of the European Commission in the field of defense are generating great opportunities such as the incorporation of an EC proposal of 13,000 million euros for the period 2021-2027 for this sector. This situation also has its reflection at the national level, where the Ministry of Defense has approved in recent months budgetary allocations of more than 12,000 million euros for new programs of technological endowment and modernization of the Armed Forces.
In this context, González Hereza showed his willingness to expand collaboration with the Ministry of Defense through an agreement that allows deepening the joint work of both administrations and improve information on strategic industrial capabilities, opportunities, the promotion of the I + D + i and participation in multinational programs and with other organizations such as NATO or OCCAR (Organization for Cooperation in Armaments), with the ultimate aim of "making available to Andalusian companies the needs that are detected in all the fields of the defense sector. "
The Andalusian Government placed the industry as a priority field of action, an economic sector that generates quality employment, intensive in innovation and technological development. An example of this is the implementation of the Interdepartmental Commission for the Promotion of Industry, with the purpose of being effective and efficient in all actions to promote industrial development. In this sense, the necessary administrative and regulatory simplification will play a relevant role, the coordination of the actions directed to the internationalization of the Andalusian industrial fabric and the improvement of the possibilities of professional training for the employment and dual to give an agile response to the needs of today"s industry and anticipate tomorrow"s.
For his part, Admiral Santiago Ramón González valued the advance of Spain in a few years, which has gone from buying everything to being able to design and produce complex systems from here, although he pointed out that it is necessary to change mentality because "We do not go alone in Europe." Developing projects in consortium with other European industries and partners will be, in their opinion, the basis of success. Thus, he said that it is time to start talking about defense as a strategic sector, which is essential for the economic development of Spain and has called on Andalusian companies not to miss this train.