During the month of November the Spanish Chamber of Commerce has been very active. In addition to the events we have held our Secretary General, Igor Urra, has visited Spain to take part in two different events.
During the week of the 5th November, Igor Urra travelled to Madrid to attend the General Assembly of FEDECOM (Federation of Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe), organised by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
The event focused on the different changes that will affect the Spanish Chambers abroad after the creation of a new global organisation that will encompass them all, named as “the Spanish Chamber of Commerce” or “Cámara de España” in Spanish. This new organisation will replace the former Consejo Superior de Cámaras de Comercio (Board of Governors) from 19th November.
Its main function will be the development of a plan for the internationalisation of the Chambers, which will be annually approved by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness as well as their new Competitiveness Plan.
Moreover, during the assembly membership was approved of the Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Hong-Kong, Philippines and China to the Federation.
At the same time, a seminar about the Company Internationalisation Fund, with the participation of the Chamber of Benelux was held, having as a main focus the different existing investment alternatives to support SMEs in the process of internationalisation.
Next on the agenda was a visit to Seville on the week of the 10th November, where our Secretary General attended a multilateral encounter hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce of Seville. The aim of this activity was to promote trade between both regions and explain the role the Spanish Chamber in Great Britain could play to support the process. To reflect on this, the visit concluded with the signing of a collaboration agreement between both institutions in order to strengthen business relations between the UK and Andalusia.
The event was organised in collaboration with the Council of Seville and the British Embassy in Madrid, which was represented by H.E. Simon Manley, the British Ambassador to Spain. During his speech, Mr. Manley expressed the commitment of the UK with the consolidation process of Spanish industries in the country, encouraging Spanish entrepreneurs to enter the British market and highlighting the importance of Andalusia for the UK, especially in terms of tourism.
We look forward to working more closely together with Spanish-based organisations in 2015 in order to support bilateral trade and support companies in the challenges they will face throughout their internationalisation process.
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