The year 2010 will be a significant milestone for the resurgence of the Canary Islands, top politicians believe.
The European Union will be under Spanish presidency and president of the Government of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero believes this will give the archipelago a chance to put itself firmly on the European map.
Despite the effects of the economic recession, Zapatero feels the Canary Islands can act as an international platform in relation to other continents for business and commerce opportunities.
One big opportunity will be when the islands host a summit of countries from West Africa in Las Palmas. ZP says this will give Europe another chance to discover the Canaries which, he says, can forge ahead with vigour and force following the economic crisis.
The Spanish premier made his comments following a meeting with Socialists in Lanzarote.
He revealed that the Cabinet will present, debate and approve a special plan of action on October 9. This strategy will continue medium and long-term measures for the reactivation of the Canary Islands which have been hard hit by the downturn.
Zapatero says the plan is vital because of the archipelago's problems with tourism, the construction industry and rate of unemployment. The measures will aim to capitalise on the islands' strengths and, to this end, he stresses, it is vital to maintain close links and liaisons with all sectors of the community.
ZP is still maintaining an optimistic outlook, believing the worst of the economic crisis has now past. On August 13, the Cabinet was due to discuss a new model of growth for the country.
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