23 February, 2021

Invest in Murcia helped create more than 1,200 jobs in 2020 thanks to FDI projects

The ‘XXL’ logistics platform of Amazon, in the municipality of Murcia, or that of Repsol in Cartagena, are among the project in construction phase

The Murcia Regional Development Agency (INFO) managed to consolidate 19 investment projects in 2020, both national and international, which represented an investment of 369.8 million euros and the creation of 1,272 jobs in the Region.

The Minister of Business, Industry and Spokesperson, Ana Martínez Vidal, highlighted that “in a year so complicated in all aspects due to the covid, these figures show that the Region of Murcia continues to attract significant investments, a sign of the external recognition of our ecosystem business, which entail the creation of hundreds of jobs, and which, in the short and medium term, cushion other difficulties that the regional businesses face ”.

Likewise, of the projects that are being promoted, 69% have an industrial nature, among which the implantation of 30 solar plants stands out; while those of logistics represent 24.7 percent. There has also been a significant increase in manufacturing and valorization projects, while, compared to previous years, the agri-food sector has been less represented.

“Is no coincidence that a good part of the portfolio are companies in the industrial sector. Aspects such as the Business Acceleration Law, which reduces the implementation time to 50%, or the incorporation of technological intelligence for business location are proving very effective, ”said Martínez Vidal.

Among the projects in the implementation phase are Amazon’s ‘XXL’ logistics platform, in the municipality of Murcia with an investment of 159 million euros; or the Repsol project in Cartagena, which amounted to 112 million for a hydrotreatment and isomerization unit of vegetable oil for biofuel.

Investment Acceleration Unit

INFO’s investment attraction activities are complemented by streamlining the administrative procedures through the Investment Acceleration Unit (UNAI), to make procedures more fluid, shorten procedures and reduce the risks of investment plans.

This service has an access threshold for investments of more than 1 million euros or that generate 15 full-time jobs. In total, 44 projects were supervised, which were provided with a roadmap created by a specialized technical team to speed up procedures with city councils and other organizations.