The Port Authority of Almeria has joined RETE, Association for collaboration between ports and cities, after the approval of the governing board of this organization last week. The Port of Almeria is thus integrated as a full partner of RETE to share its vision and draw on experiences in the field of port-city relations.
The president of RETE, Teófila Martínez, also president of the Port Authority of the Bay of Cádiz, stressed that the incorporation of the port of Almería is “a great contribution to the constant dialogue within our association to improve the coexistence between ports and cities and analyze the dynamics that are manifested in their relations”. In this sense, the president of this international association has highlighted the role of the Port Authorities “to connect society with this type of industry in cities such as Almeria, which cannot be understood without the presence of a port in the course of its history”.
For her part, the president of the Port Authority of Almeria, Rosario Soto, values the adhesion to the association as an opportunity to establish synergies with other national and international ports, “at a time when the Port of Almeria is immersed in a process of transformation and greater integration in the city, as shown by the recent opening to citizens of the mineral loading dock El Alquife de Almería, known as Cable Inglés, and the protocol to promote the development of the seafront of Almeria signed by the Junta de Andalucía, the City Council and this Port Authority”.
For Rosario Soto, the objectives promoted by the association such as cooperation between administrations, the better integration of the port in the territory and the prosperity of the port community are aligned with those of the Port Authority of Almeria. “These aims go in parallel to our work to boost the economic growth of the ports of Almeria and Carboneras through freight and passenger traffic, which has a direct impact on employment and the wealth of our environment.”