Agreement reached on Business Plans with the 28 port authorities
30-10-2018 (Ministry of Public Works). This morning Barcelona Port Authority successfully brought to a close the intensive round of talks that the Puertos del Estado team, helmed by its president Ornella Chacón, had been holding with the 28 port authorities that make up Spain's general interest ports system to hammer out a deal on their business plans. Each autonomous body has now outlined their investment strategies, with specific projects and budget appropriations for both 2019 and their multi-year projects. The entire process has lasted nearly a month and a half, having started on 11 September at the Port Authority of Vilagarcía de Arousa.
Along with the Strategic Plans and the Infrastructure Master Plans, the Business Plans are essentially a set of planning instruments that set out the technical, economic, financial and human resources development of the entire state ports system, in accordance with the Government's economic and transport policies and the strategic framework for the system.
Drawn up annually, the Business Plans include a status report, port traffic forecasts, economic and financial forecasts, management goals, the port's environmental sustainability goals and indicators, staff structure and employment offers, changes and trends in management ratios, financial planning, public investment planning, private investment estimates, annual profitability goals, as well as correcting coefficients and rate discounts.
Once the Business Plans have been agreed upon between Puertos del Estado and the Port Authorities, they must be ratified by the governing board and board of directors of each public body.