The permanent secretary of the Ibero-American Business Council (CEIB), Narciso Casado; the Secretary General of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI), Almudena Maíllo; and the general secretary of the Ibero-American Federation of Young Entrepreneurs (FIJE), Antonio Magraner, have signed a memorandum of understanding at Casa de América on behalf of the three institutions, in order to collaborate in areas of common interest to Ibero-America.
The agreement seeks to promote links, relationships and exchanges between the Ibero-American capital cities, by organizing meetings and joint activities that serve for the effective exchange of knowledge and experiences in all sectors (economic, cultural, technical, professional, tourism …) . With all this, it is intended to promote the harmonious and balanced development of the Ibero-American capital cities, always betting on solidarity and cooperation between them.
Content of the memorandum
The collaboration agreement signed by CEIB, UCCI and FIJE contemplates the exchange of information on the strategies and programs of the member countries; strengthen cooperation in strategic sectors of common interest; promote the dissemination of information and publications that contribute to increasing the presence of each institution; work in coordination with public administrations and private organizations to give viability to social projects that provide added value to the parties; and hold regular meetings to follow up on joint actions and lines of work.
A commitment to Ibero-American cities
The Secretary General of the UCCI, Almudena Maíllo, highlighted the signing of this alliance with "two prestigious institutions and business leaders in Latin America", which also represent "development, progress and competitiveness, objectives for which we at UCCI work daily to promote the economic and social advancement of our cities ”. Maíllo assured that the Memorandum represents a commitment to cities at a complex time due to the scourge of the COVID19 pandemic. "It will be a practical alliance full of content that will give us more tools to find common positions and concrete actions in Latin America."
The UCCI Secretary General highlighted how "the path towards strengthening and recovering local governments is indisputably through the strengthening of alliances such as the one we subscribe today and through public-private collaboration initiatives that have become especially necessary since the the global pandemic ”. In this sense, Maíllo recalled that "the role of the business sector is key": "We will not get out of this crisis if there is no consensus and trust between companies and governments, unity among social actors," he said after recalling that from the UCCI "We want to serve as a bridge and use our leadership to favor and participate in this economic reconstruction in which you, the businessmen, are indispensable."
From the UCCI, Maíllo indicated, “we have a commitment to strengthening our local governments to improve the quality of life in the Region, an objective we share and that is why it is time to unite our potential to promote the improvement of the structures". The generation of opportunities, the creation of more efficient, sustainable and transparent institutions, are commitments that also take shape in this Memorandum. "We will promote cooperation and knowledge, we will contribute to the collaboration of social projects that allow us to share experiences and good practices that are already in operation," said Maíllo after highlighting the important role of Latin America. "In this very symbolic place we want to lead the voice of Ibero-America in Europe and show that a united Ibero-America can lead this situation with strength," he concluded.
A common path for Ibero-America
The permanent secretary of CEIB, Narciso Casado, highlighted in his speech the commitment of three of the great actors that work for Ibero-America, its citizens and their countries, and that "from today we are going to travel an important section of the road together." The memorandum, he assured, aims to promote the harmonious and balanced development of the Ibero-American capital cities, always betting on solidarity and cooperation between them. An agreement that has a lot to do with the Sustainable Development Goals. In this common path we are going to keep in mind, he explained, concepts that begin with the first letters of two key words: company-entrepreneur and city-capitals. In this sense, he spoke of the State, companies, efficiency, education, equity, evaluation, success, excellence, stability, spirit, employment and ecology. And, secondly, he referred to capital cities, citizens, commitment, culture, public-private collaboration, consensus, cooperation, training, quality, uptake and global value chains. "All these concepts that concur and can be interrelated will help us to limit the work that we are going to carry out together," he said.
The institutions that today sign this commitment to collaboration, Casado indicated, represent the same number of business organizations as capital cities in the Region. In each capital city there is a large private business organization that is a member of CEIB, he reported, and the same happens with organizations of young entrepreneurs. "We are going to involve them in this process, which is a clear commitment of the business world to their cities, their headquarters, the place where they carry out their activities and where workers, users and customers live," he declared.
Casado also highlighted that this agreement is committed to young people, business vocations, training and the retention of talent. In his opinion, great subjects for which there is only one result: success for all. At CEIB, he concluded, we have coined a motto in recent months: "More Iberoamerica", and the agreement that is being signed today is another great step to make the Region more sustainable, fair, inclusive and prosperous; a Region also of cities and citizens.
A commitment to public-private partnerships
The general secretary of FIJE, Antonio Magraner, highlighted the importance of public-private alliances, especially in the current framework that exists worldwide. “We have to go hand in hand. The reality is that a state does not function without its companies and companies do not function without public alliances ”, he asserted. In this sense, the signing of the Memorandum is a clear commitment to this union, said Magraner, while anticipating the intention of the three institutions to promote actions for the benefit of all of Ibero-America: “We are going to do many things together and this it is just a sample that it is possible to work perfectly between the public and private sectors ”, he asserted.
Magraner exemplified the importance of the aforementioned union, recalling the toughest months of the pandemic where sometimes “the state did not arrive as quickly as needed and there were companies, the private sector, which also needs a strong state, security legal and political security ":" We demand these alliances, we have to set an example. The world is not conceived today, from a social, business, political, civil point of view if there is no unity, we all have to row in the same direction, ”insisted the general secretary of FIJE.
Magraner recalled how the contacts between FIJE, CEIB and UCCI began, and how from the first meetings “we were clear that we did not want this collaboration agreement to remain a simple agreement, but rather that it had to be brought down to earth and be able to work on it with different actions that we are going to develop soon ”. In this sense, the network that includes the three institutions frames a favorable scenario for the Ibero-American region: “UCCI brings together 29 mayors of Ibero-American cities, so the political arrival with the UCCI and the business arrival that we have with CEIB and FIJE, with representatives and employers in these countries is basic ”, remarked Magraner.
The general secretary of FIJE did not want to overlook the importance of the Ibero-American and common cultural framework, in this scenario: "We come from the same culture and many things unite us," he said.