The Brazil-Spain Chamber of Commerce enhances the strategic relationship of both countries on its 100th anniversary

The Brazil-Spain Chamber of Commerce enhances the strategic relationship of both countries on its 100th anniversary
The Brazil-Spain Chamber of Commerce enhances the strategic relationship of both countries on its 100th anniversary

Managers of leading companies in the economic and commercial relations of Brazil and Spain met this Monday at the Gala Dinner with which the Brazil-Spain Chamber of Commerce, CCBE, celebrated the centenary of its constitution. The dean among the bilateral institutions in Spain has brought together more than 200 personalities from the field of economics and business, public administration and culture in the celebration of its traditional summer dinner which, on this occasion, had a special aspect to the coincide with the first century of the institution. The dinner was chaired by Trinidad Jiménez, president of the CCBE, who highlighted that they are “very aware” that this commercial and business area contributes significantly to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Brazil and Spain. “These ties that have been built over the years are what have led Brazil to be considered by Spain a strategic partner, not only in the region, but in the world,” she highlighted. Furthermore, the president of the CCBE wanted to emphasize that in a business context with increasing competitive complexity and internationalization, the Brazilian vocation of the CCBE must be stronger than ever. “If the Chamber of Commerce made sense when it was created, a hundred years ago, it makes even more sense today,” she said. To which she added that the current objective of the centenary institution is to establish itself as a reference business hub in these relations between Brazil and Spain, “always under the principles of public-private collaboration and promotion of business activity.” THE AMBASSADOR OF BRAZIL IN SPAIN CALLS FOR CLOSING THE MERCOSUR AGREEMENT For his part, the Ambassador of Brazil in Spain, Orlando Leite Ribeiro, has called for closing the trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, as it would represent a “historic milestone “which would have benefits for Brazil, Spain and its regional partners. “It is regrettable that some countries continue to create obstacles, as opportunities for trade, employment, investment or technological promotion are being postponed, and companies and citizens are being deprived of the benefits of the agreement.” In this sense, the Minister of Industry and Tourism, Jordi Hereu, has emphasized that the relations between the European Union and Ibero-America are “strategic”, something that Spain already expressed during the rotating presidency of the EU in the second half of 2023. ” Our commitment to the EU-Mercosur agreement, beyond the difficulties, is a fundamental element, because we believe in international trade,” he stressed. Thus, the minister highlighted the relationship of “admiration, appreciation, respect and love for the Brazilian people.” According to Hereu, the bases of the economic and commercial relationship are based on “friendship.” “This is the best basis, we have come from afar in this relationship and with great intensity,” he emphasized. For this reason, the head of Industry has expressed the Government’s willingness to continue developing institutional, political, economic and business relations. “For us, Brazil is a reliable partner,” Hereu stressed. HEREU CALLS FOR INVESTMENT BY BRAZILIAN COMPANIES IN SPAIN The head of Industry of the Spanish Government has highlighted that Spanish companies have contributed to the development of Brazil but in that country they have also “learned a lot”, since Spain is currently positioned as the second largest investor in the country, with presence in sectors such as finance, insurance, energy, infrastructure and telecommunications. Furthermore, the minister took advantage of his intervention at the meeting to call on Brazilian companies to invest in Spain, given the commitment to reindustrialization, digital transformation or sustainability, thanks to the European ‘Next Generation EU’ funds. ‘. PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF THE CCBE The meeting was also attended by Andrés Allamand, Ibero-American Secretary General (Segib); Susana Sulmezo, Secretary of State for Ibero-America; Aloizio Mercadante, president of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development of Brazil (Bndes); as well as all members of the CCBE Board of Directors. The gala has had the institutional support of the Embassy of Brazil and the Casa do Brasil, and with Telefónica, LO Baptista, Mapfre, Iberdrola, Canarian Federation of Port Companies, Banco ITAU BBA Internacional, Santander, Uría y Menéndez, Votorantim, Latam, CESCE, Maraey and BTG Pactual as sponsors. During 2024, the CCBE is developing a complete program of activities to commemorate its centenary. Among them, the audience with King Felipe VI, held in January, stands out, as well as business breakfasts, concerts and sports activities.

 
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