ICEX Spain Export and Investments, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank Group, presented, a few days ago, in Madrid the agenda “Vision 2025: Reinventing the Americas” for recovery and sustainable economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. aimed at Spanish companies with an interest in the region.
The day had the participation of the vice president of the government, Nadia calviño and the presentation of the “Vision 2025” agenda was carried out by the president of the IDB Group, Mauricio Claver-Carone. The conference was opened by the CEO of ICEX, María Peña. The event was attended by the heads of fifteen Spanish companies with economic interests in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The vice president of the government stressed that the «solidarity and multilateralism are fundamental to frame our relationship with Latin America and with the Inter-American Development Bank ”. “Spain is committed to a strong, transformative, sustainable and inclusive recovery in Latin America, and we defend it in all forums. We want to continue being a privileged partner for the region and we have the support of the IDB and the entire Spanish community to continue working together for a better future ».
“Spanish companies are strategic partners for the IDB, both in medium and long-term financing, foreign trade and supply chains, as well as in advisory services, and in resource mobilization. I am convinced that the Spanish private sector, working with the IDB, will play a key role in the recovery and modernization stage of the Latin American and Caribbean economies”, Indicated the president of the IDB.
In addition, the manager highlighted the solid and historic alliance between the IDB and Spain. He thanked Vice President Calviño for the approval this year of two technical cooperations that promote the digitization agenda, a key pillar of Vision 2025.
Among the specific projects that are being financed, the following stand out: the digital transformation program for MSMEs Argentina, the expansion of telecommunications networks in rural areas and public institutions in Panama, and the citizen participation and security project using the 5G network in Dominican Republic.
On the other hand, it was mentioned that MINECO is studying a possible contribution to the IDB’s Amazon Initiative. The Amazon has critically important to ecosystems globally: provides between 35% and 40% of fresh water in Latin America, regulates air quality and stores net carbon emissions.