Barcelona is well positioned for Asian inward investment to Europe and northern Africa and its port is strategically located to capture target goods for these areas. However, "we must rethink how part of the Mediterranean cake can stay here." This was stated in Barcelona by Mr. Andres Rodriguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics (LSE) and vice president of the European Regional Science Association.

Rodríguez-Pose, supervisor of the report "Global trends and their impact in big cities", commissioned by the Strategic Metropolitan Plan of Barcelona, ​​said that "the world's centre of gravity has shifted to the east and Barcelona is capable of linking Asia and Europe ". But the LSE professor said "there are other well positioned cities and ports," although the Catalan capital has certain advantages, such as "the power of its hinterland or important logistics area," said Francesc Santacana, coordinator of the Barcelona Strategic Metropolitan Plan.

Isabel Carreras, who is an architect and Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the LSE, also spoke about the strategic position of Barcelona. She has been in charge of reporting the document on global trends, along with Anna Puiggròs, geographer and MA in Contemporary Urban Planning by the LSE.

This paper argues for an urban area model with a commitment to attracting talent and knowledge as a means to maintain and increase quality of life and wealth. It does not promote the creation of a new infrastructure “because Barcelona has enough, but rather upscaling by improving management” said Isabel Carreras.

"Managing infrastructure with excellence" is essential to cities that face significant challenges for the future in a changing world and a shift of the centre of gravity towards Asia, which is creating new trade routes where the Mediterranean is one of the key actors.


Source: Diario del Puerto

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