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NAVALIA organizes the first face-to-face meeting of the naval sector

It will be held on 9 and 10 September and will be a closed event that can only be attended by invitation

The organization of Navalia will celebrate next week the first face-to-face meeting of the naval sector after so many months of pandemic. It will take place on the 9th and 10th of September in two venues in the city: the Auditorio do Mar de Vigo and the Museo do Mar de Galicia. It will be a closed, invitation-only event with strict health measures to ensure the safety of those attending.

After the cancellation of Navalia 2020, the organisers rethought many aspects of the fair with a view to improving and adapting to the new times. For this reason, and with the aim of continuing to work for a sector that is so important for the economy, the fair's management set itself the objective of organising the International Shipbuilding Meeting, Navalia Meeting, in odd-numbered years (given that the fair is held every two years). "We have been discussing dates and the type of event we could organise for many months. The constant changes in restrictions due to the evolution of the pandemic and the great uncertainty in its evolution despite the vaccination did not allow us to do something bigger. But the sector urged us to organise a meeting to bring us together again in person after so many months of screens and virtual conferences," says Javier Arnau, director of Navalia.

For this first edition, therefore, the aim of the event will be to bring the naval sector together again after so many months without any kind of events or face-to-face meetings. "We would like to thank the collaboration of our sponsors without whom it would have been impossible to carry out this meeting, as well as the great institutional support of the City Council of Vigo and the Xunta de Galicia", explains Arnau. 



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Two venues in Vigo

The first day of Navalia Meeting will be held on 9 September at the Auditorio do Mar in Vigo. The programme includes a talk on the European vision of the naval sector by Sea Europe, as well as a round table entitled "The Spanish naval sector from a regional perspective. Clusters vision". Representatives of the naval clusters of the Balearic Islands, Cadiz, Canary Islands, Galicia, Basque Country and the Spanish Maritime Cluster will participate in this round table. The Mayor of Vigo, Abel Caballero, will participate in the welcoming ceremony of the attendees to the city and afterwards he will present an award in recognition of the professional career within the naval sector that will be awarded during a dinner/cocktail in the Auditorium.

The next day Navalia Meeting will move to the Museo do Mar de Galicia. First thing in the morning there will be a private meeting between the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the Executive Committee of the exhibition. The President of the Xunta will later take part in the official constitution of the Executive Committee of Navalia 2022, which will kick off the eighth edition of the fair, which will take place from 24 to 26 May 2022. The presentation will be followed by a conference on the occasion of the 250th Anniversary of the Navy's Corps of Naval Engineers, focusing on the future of military construction in Spain and how to involve the national auxiliary industry. The event will end with a Galician aperitif on the terrace of the Museo do Mar de Galicia.

In parallel, there will be a reverse trade mission organised by IGAPE and Aclunaga on the occasion of this meeting.