CEOE will receive at its headquarters experts in the Pacific Alliance from more than 40 countries, next Wednesday, the 30th, during a Forum in which the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto; CEOE CEO Antonio Garamendi; and representatives of governments and institutions of the countries of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru); as well as its Observer States. It is the first time in Spain that a Forum on this integration process emphasizes SMEs of full members and the 59 observer countries.

The forum, entitled “The future of the Pacific Alliance: Vision on SMEs in member countries and observers and their business organizations,” is organized by the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), CEOE and the Council of Ibero-American Businessmen (CEIB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. The day will be inaugurated, in addition to Maroto and Garamendi, the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America and the Caribbean, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, and the Deputy Secretary General of SEGIB, Marco Pintagama.

Likewise, representatives of international organizations with a more prominent presence in the Latin American strategic region will participate in the Forum, such as the European External Action Service of the European Union, the International Organization of Employers (OIE), the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) or the Regional Center of the Private Sector in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Ibero-American Federation of Young Entrepreneurs (FIJE), among others; as well as business leaders of the region.

Among the issues that will be addressed during the seminar, the criteria for trade facilitation, digital transformation and insertion into the global value chains of SMEs of the regional platform stand out; as well as the Pacific Alliance as a space for opportunities for trade and investment, mainly from the perspective of observer countries and economic blocs on the other side of the Atlantic. “It is a unique opportunity to share with the diplomatic delegations of all these countries their vision on issues that affect world trade and investment,” according to the permanent secretary of CEIB and CEO of CEOE International, Narciso Casado.

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