Right in the middle of its process of becoming one of the major port cities on an international level, coupled with the fact that it has a historical port that is considered a reference point throughout the Mediterranean, Barcelona has opted to convert its privileged geographic location into an economic driver for growth and for the generation of employment.
The Port of Barcelona, the main logistical hub in southern Europe, has already become one of the main ports of entry for the millions of tourists that visit the city every year. At the same time, around the nautical sector there has been a clear consolidation of a strong industrial sector, which has been foreseen to become one of the new sources of wealth in the Catalan capital. In conjunction with this, it is also important to mention the wide range of institutions, universities and schools that are dedicated to providing training in the maritime sector as well as the growing vitality of the coastline that stretches to the north and south of the city.
In light of all this, Barcelona’s City Council is convinced that the nautical sector will play a fundamental role in the economic specialization of Barcelona and the metropolitan area in the coming decades.
In a global context in which the greatest cities face a reindustrialization process in the sectors with the greatest competitive advantages, the nautical cluster is becoming a decisive economic and social stimulator that is capable of generating business activity and employment with high added value.
Antoni Vives i Tomàs was born in Barcelona in 1965. He has a degree in Business Science, specialised in marketing and international trade, and has developed most of his professional career in private companies.
He was General Secretary for the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1999-2003), and subsequently Director of the Ramon Trias Fargas Foundation (2003-2007).
Currently is a Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat, an area that includes urbanism, town planning, housing, infrastructures, environment and urban services and ICT. He is also Vice President of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and Councillor for the City District of Les Corts.
He won the Joan Fuster Essay Prize, the Prat de la Riba award for journalistic articles and the Creixells Award 2010.
He is Senior Advisor for the Prince of Asturias Professorship of Spanish Studies of the London School of Economics.