The plenary of the Barcelona Free Trade Zone Consortium (CZFB), chaired by Mayor Ada Colau, today approved the draft budget for 2022, with a forecast of 10.66 million euros of profit intended for economic promotion. Likewise, the public entity has foreseen a 1.3% increase in operating income, with a net amount of its activity in 2022 of 55 million euros.
Regarding the current year, the economic viability of the second edition of BNEW, as well as the completion of the works of the first phase of DFactory Barcelona. Despite of covid-19, the entity will maintain in 2022 its commitment to the activity and economic promotion with a clear commitment to innovation and sustainability.
In the plenary session, headed by the special delegate of the State in the CZFB, Pere Navarro, the entity’s commitment to promote innovation and revitalization of industry 4.0, as well as the attraction and retention of talent.
Inauguration of DFactory Barcelona
In this sense, the main milestone of the entity in 2022 will be the inauguration, at the beginning of the year, of DFactory Barcelona, the main node of Industry 4.0 in southern Europe, with the aim of creating in Barcelona an ecosystem for attracting talent, technology and investments in a unique space. The center will bring together companies that generate reference technologies with other implementers of digital solutions and will make it possible to transform the Spanish productive fabric and accompany companies in their digitization process. Likewise, it is anticipated the creation of 1,500 direct jobs and another 5,000 indirect ones.
After two years of absence due to the health situation, in 2022 the Consorci will celebrate the 22nd edition of the International Logistics Exhibition. From May 31 to June 2 of next year the leading fair in the sector will take place in southern Europe and the Mediterranean, for which the entity has created a new image and incorporated an application that facilitates the transmission of data between exhibitors and visitors, promoting the generation of ‘networking’. The entity thus wants to reinforce its role as an international business bridge between Europe, Latin America and the Mediterranean countries.
On the other hand, from October 3 to 6, the third edition of the Barcelona New Economy Week (BNEW) will be held, thus consolidating itself as the benchmark event of the new economy at a national and international level and positioning the city of Barcelona as the capital of economy 4.0. In the last edition, in addition to doubling the verticals of 2020, adding more transversal aspects such as sustainability, mobility, talent and science.
Along the same lines, the CZFB continues to bet on being a benchmark in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and therefore, from March 8 to 10, the second edition of the Barcelona Woman Acceleration Week (BWAW), which seeks to be a meeting point to reach solutions that allow real change in terms of gender equality in business and industry.
Likewise, the entity will address the remodeling of the emblematic building of Post in Barcelona to make it a point of economic and social revitalization of the city. With this, it is intended to offer adequate training to the needs of the productive fabric, while facilitating their incorporation into the labor market for young people.