Nuria Vilanova during the closing session./ Photo: CEAPI
The Diplomat. 29/09/2017
The Ibero-American secretary general, Rebeca Grynspan, closed, yesterday in Madrid, the first Ibero-American Conference for Presidents of Companies and Business Families, organized by the Business Council Alliance for Ibero-America (CEAPI in its Spanish acronym) and in which five hundred business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic participated.
“Our countries are better when they walk together”, Grynspan affirmed during the closing session, in which she defended the Ibero-American unity and the fundamental role that companies can play in this process. The president of CEAPI and ATREVIA, Núria Vilanova, who declared that “Ibero-American businesspeople want to be together, to add up”, and Valentín Diez Morodo (México), president of COMCE and International Honorary president of CEAPI, also participated in the event.
The conference started on Tuesday with a preliminary session dedicated to new generations of businesspeople and concluded with a dinner to pay tribute to the Spanish-Mexican businessman Plácido Arango Arias, founder of Grupo VIPS and Enrique V. Iglesias Award to the Development of the Ibero-American Business Space, chaired by the Minister of Education, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, and Madrid’s mayoress, Manuela Carmena.
The conference was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Minister of Economy, Luis de Guindos, who made a call for the constitution of a great area of free change between the EU and Ibero-America, and by Núria Vilanova.
One of the outstanding moments of the first day -in which they addressed matters such as the energy matrix and infrastructures, the relationship of companies with the social environment and the family business as new transformation model- was the conversation between the president of Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, and the journalist Gloria Lomana, in which the deputy defended a more relevant role of diplomacy in favour of the Ibero-American business world.
King Felipe VI presented the Enrique V. Iglesias award to Placido Arango
The conference’s culminating moment took place at the Zarzuela Palace and was the presentation by King Felipe VI of the Enrique V. Iglesias Award, granted to Placido Arango. The day concluded with a dinner to pay tribute to Ibero-American women at the Royal House of The Post, chaired by Ana Pastor, president of the Congress of Deputies.
The second and last day started with a panel dedicated to China and its impact on the global economy and Latin America, in which the secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Fernando García Casas, affirmed that “Spain can contribute a lot to the relationship between China and Latin America playing the role of facilitator of the convergence and contributing to triangulation”.
The day -which continued with a round table about the public-private alliance on Social Responsibility, a panel about multilatinas and a speech by Antonio Huertas, president of Mapfre- concluded with a panel dedicated to the business space EU-Latin America in which the former Foreign Ministers Trinidad Jiménez and Josep Piqué, the chief executive of PRISA, Juan Luis Cebrián, and Enrique V. Iglesias, Honorary president of CEAPI, participated.