The last session of the V Congress of the Valencian Economy, held at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Universitat Jam I, helped analyze the challenges and analyze the evolution of the Valencian economy since the impact of Covid-19. Energy transformation of the industry, especially in the ceramics sector. Organized by the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (IVIE) in collaboration with UJI’s Head of Transformation of the Economic Model, David Gabedo, Vice Rector for Innovation, Transfer and Scientific Dissemination, inaugurated it together with Joaquín. Maudos, Director IVIE Deputy.
In the first presentation, Moudos spoke about the balance sheet data of the Valencian economy from the spring of 2020 and concluded that the per capita income of the community “continues to deviate from the national average after Covid-19”. Although real GDP recovered to pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of 2023, it remains nearly 15% lower. The reason is that high population growth explains the 4.6% drop in per capita income between 2019 and June 2023. Lower than the -2.5% recorded for the country as a whole. In addition to gross domestic product, Maudos has analyzed employment, business potential, exports, foreign investment and competitiveness.
After Ivy’s Deputy Director’s briefing, the session continued with a panel discussion on ‘Energy Transition and Industrial Sustainability’, featuring Eliseo Manport, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Co-Director of PP Head of Environment, UJI’s Industrial Environment; Eugenio Dominguez, CEO of Hybrid Energy Storage Solutions and Jordi Ripolls, Professor and Researcher at UJI’s Institute of International Economics.
The second part of the congress started with the second discussion table, where the challenges and technological changes of the ceramic cluster and its value chain were analyzed. To achieve this, we had the intervention of Juan José Montoro, President of the Association of Ceramic Technicians (ATC); Victoria Jara, responsible for environment and sustainability at Asser (Spanish ceramic tiles and flooring manufacturers); and Francisco Corma, manager of QPT Consultants.
Immediately afterwards, Manuel Rivas, Head of the Market Analysis Group of the European Commission’s Energy Directorate, presented the conference ‘The EU Energy Crisis and Transition: Implications for the Horizon 2030’.
Finally, the Regional Secretary for Finance and Financing of the Department of Finance, Economy and Public Administration, Eusebio Monzó, closed the last day of the V Congress of the Valencian Economy, concluding the sessions held last year in Alicante and Valencia.
Promoted by the Jaume I University and the Department of Finance, Economy and Public Administration of the Generalitat Valenciana, the aim of the Chair is to promote knowledge and disseminate topics related to making the current economic model of Valencian society more competitive. , based on innovation, knowledge, openness to the outdoors and sustainability from an environmental, productive and social perspective.