The President of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), Joan Gual de Torrella, this morning held the first meeting with the vice-chancellor of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB
I am writing this, the annual report, of a financial year in which I became president during the last third of the year.
The data in this report are objectively presented and do not need any further comments. What perhaps should bementioned is the approach that the new Board of Directors wishes to take for ensuring the continuity of what is one of the main infrastructures of the Balearic Islands. The ports we manage have a series of characteristics that I would like to remind you of:
The Board of Directors is designated by the Government of the Balearic Islands. The appointees are selected from the different fields that represent the dynamics involved in each and all of the local port activities. The Board establishes the management guidelines for a technical body that is highly specialized in their particular fields. The aim is no other than to provide a quality, public, and environmentally friendly service to accompany the social and economic development of the Balearic Islands.
The APB (Balearic Islands Port Authority) undertakes its activities, sensitive to the society that it serves. We are fully aware of the task we are entrusted with, even though that task is not always understood by everyone. We know that we have to generate earnings, the final beneficiary of which is society. Some of these dividends will be directly economic, those that make it possible to balance the budget, and others that go directly to the social chapter. This means we provide income to improve goods transport and good environmental practices. Although we are aware of the potential demand for international moorings in the Balearic Islands, we also wish to preserve the right of the residents to not be excluded from enjoying their various water sports and activities.
The APB totally agrees with the criterion that regards the Balearic Islands as a Community that is simultaneously endeavouring to conserve its heritage and to develop, as far as possible, the welfare of its residents. We understand that we provide the basis for the development of a diversified and specialized economy. The commitment that links us to society is precisely that.
Joan Gual de Torrella Guasp
PRESIDENT OF THE BALEARIC ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY
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