Assunção Cristas leaves for the “Roteiro do Mar” at the University of Algarve

Assunção Cristas, Minister of Agriculture and the Sea, will start the Roteiro do Mar at the University of Algarve, with a […]

Assumption CrestsAssunção Cristas, Minister of Agriculture and the Sea, will start the Sea Route at the University of Algarve, with a session open to the public, which will take place at the Green Auditorium of the Gambelas Campus, at 16:30 pm on February 11th.

For Assunção Cristas, “Universities are fundamental partners in Portugal's effort to assert itself as a leading country in the maritime sector. on the strategic development of a blue economy”.

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Sea had already started, in June, in Norway, Japan and South Korea, a “route to attract foreign direct investment” to Portugal in the area of ​​the economy of the sea.

On the 11th, all the top representatives of the Sea sector will be at UAlg, in a session that begins with the rector António Branco, who will speak on “The Sea in the strategy of the University of Algarve”.

Rodrigo Brum, responsible for the “Mar 2020 Program”, will present the guidelines for this program, which enshrines the economic, social, environmental and territorial development policy necessary to support, stimulate and ensure a new national cycle of growth, with exports as a priority. and employment.

David Santos, president of CCDR Algarve, will highlight “The Sea at CRESC 2020”, Operational Program of the Algarve, for the period 2014-2020, which has an endowment of 318,6 million euros, of which 224,3 million from the Fund European Regional Development (ERDF) and €94,3 million from the European Social Fund (ESF).

Manuel Pinto de Abreu, Secretary of State for the Sea, will focus on the theme “Sea Portugal”, and Assunção Cristas will explain how Portugal will have to turn to the Atlantic once again, providing opportunities not only for national, but also international, entrepreneurs, through a communication entitled “A Sea of ​​Opportunities”.

sea ​​scriptAt the end, there will be a wide space for debate that invites civil society and other public and private entities to actively participate.

From the international visits already carried out, Assunção Cristas concludes that Portugal is at the forefront in a relevant set of matters related to the National Maritime Strategy and the law of basic planning and management of the maritime space.

With the aim of elevating Portugal to its important status as capital of the sea and oceans, the Blue Week will be held between 4 and 6 June, which aims to show the best that is done in Portugal in this sector, which will include a series of initiatives, including a world summit of Ministers of the Sea.

It is this Sea that the University of Algarve called it to study for over 35 years, taking the opportunity to discover its potential and to better intervene in the ordering of its resources.

In this sector, UAlg has invested heavily in teaching and research. It has bachelor's, master's, international master's, Erasmus Mundus master's, doctoral and Erasmus Mundus doctoral courses related to the theme of the sea and several bilateral agreements with the most important European universities.

António Branco considers that starting this cycle of sessions at UAlg is very symbolic, since “the Sea has been linked to the Institution since its creation and is felt as its heritage and standard. Both the Sea and its resources play a very important role in the various activities carried out here, from teaching to research, without forgetting cooperation and knowledge transfer”.