The Global Forum Spain aims to serve as a debate on European and global economies through the participation of renowned personalities from the business, political and international institutions with responsibility in public policies decision making.
Global Forum Spain
The Spanish Exporters and Investors Club has the honor of being one of the organizers of the Global Forum Spain together with the Ministry of Economy and ICEX, which has contributed to positioning the Club as a reference among the Spanish business associations related to internationalization.
During the first edition of the Spain Global Forum, under the title “Spain: from Stability to Growth”, the key issues of the European economy and the global 2014 economy were discussed. The Forum was held at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao March 3, 2014. It was inaugurated by His Majesty King Don Juan Carlos and closed by the Prime Minister of the Government, Mariano Rajoy.
It brought together key speakers, including, Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director; Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogrup; Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank; Ángel Gurría, secretary general of the OECD; Karel de Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Competition. The Forum also had the participation of the presidents of some of the most important Spanish companies, such as Iberdrola, Técnicas Reunidas or BBVA, all members of the Club, as well as Telefónica, Talgo, Sener, Gestamp or Inditex.
The Forum had the Competitiveness Business Council as a strategic partner and the sponsorship of the companies Aon, BBVA, Cofides and Deutsche Bank, all partners of the Spanish Club of Exporters Investors.
The Forum was focused on the opportunities of globalization for European companies companies and, more precisely, on the opportunities for Spanish companies. The lectures that were delivered during the day were “Is Europe on the path of sustainable economic growth?”; “Stability and growth in the euro area economy”; “Financing SMEs. Challenges and role in the European recovery “; “The competitiveness of the European economy in a global world”; “Reforms in Europe: progress and challenges”; “Opportunities of globalization for European companies” and “Productivity, innovation and competition: keys to competitiveness”.
With close to 600 attendees and more than 250 accredited media, Global Forum Spain is considered as the first large Spanish forum of economic and international scope.