Organized by the Association for the Advancement of Management (APD), intervened Íñigo Fernández de Mesa, Vice President of CEOE and President of the Institute of Economic Studies-IEE; Víctor Salamanca, CEO of Auxadi; Miguel Ángel Navarro, CEO Catenon; and José Ignacio Aparicio, financial director of the Gransolar Group.
During the discussion, the panelists assessed the positioning of Spanish companies and the strategic role of internationalization in the economic recovery, as well as the challenges derived from the current pandemic, among which the breakdown of supply chains, the retention of talent and geopolitical tensions in an increasingly protectionist context.
For his part, the vice president of CEOE stressed that, despite the fact that the Spanish economy is more strengthened, with less debt and public deficit compared to the 2008 crisis, it is necessary to focus a large part of the efforts on enhancing the competitiveness of the foreign sector to guarantee the recovery of our economy.
For this, Fernández de Mesa stressed, it is essential to continue promoting public-private collaboration and promoting constant dialogue between the sectoral organizations member of CEOE and the Public Administration, adapting the strategic plans for internationalization of the economy to the new needs of companies Spanish and "promoting unity of action and coordination with the platforms of ICEX, CESCE and COFIDES," among others.
In this sense, the Vice President of CEOE and President of the Institute of Economic Studies invited attendees to lean on the extensive existing network of Spanish economic and commercial offices abroad (in more than 77 countries) and encouraged the administration to reinforce the network in those countries where the added value for small and medium-sized companies is greater, as well as in those with higher growth rates.
To end his speech, Fernández de Mesa stressed the need to streamline customs procedures, not raise tax rates to avoid talent flight, expand the Agreements for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments with those countries in which Spanish companies have interests. economic activities and promote the exchange of information between the Government and the European Union, as necessary measures to ensure the recovery of the Spanish economy.