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Former US President gives his seal of approval to Tenerife

The conference was organised by SOFITESA, a company set up by the Cabidlo, in conjunction with Santa Cruz city council, Santa Cruz Port Authority and CajaCanarias bank and its main aim was to stress the strategic importance of Tenerife as an Atlantic logistical platform between three continents.

At a previous conference which discussed Tenerife as a transport base for Europe, America and Africa, Melchior explained that in his opinion, Tenerife would be the ideal location to base international aid plans similar to the US Marshall Plan which works towards helping third world countries.

He added that the recent improvements in island infrastructures, economic growth of over 3%, the fact that over five million tourists visited the island in 2004 and the future technological projects like the Granadilla Industrial Port and the extensions to the Reina Sofia Airport, would undoubtedly reinforce existing relations with Europe, Africa and America.

The final speech of the day was given by special guest speaker, former US President Bill Clinton.

His speech entitled ‘Embracing our Common Humanity: Security and Prosperity in the XXI century’ supported the idea of the Canary Islands as intercontinental link.

He explained that in his opinion, Tenerife is the perfect geographical location for such an important link. He also praised the efforts that the island is making to protect the environment highlighting the production of clean energy by means of the wind parks.

During his brief visit to the island, Clinton spent time playing golf at the new Abama golf resort with local businessmen, as well as attending a symposium on equality which was followed by a gala dinner celebration.

Before leaving, he described the islands as a beautiful location and expressed his intention to return with his family.

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