SEAT receives the Annual FEDECOM Award

SEAT receives the Annual FEDECOM Award

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, presented the award this Monday at a ceremony in Paris.

Monday, December 14, 2020: The Federation of Official Chambers of Commerce of Spain in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM) presented its Annual Award to SEAT on Monday, December 14 in Paris. With this recognition, FEDECOM recognizes each year a Spanish company that stands out for its commercial activity and international profile in one of the member countries of the Federation.

The award ceremony, which took place at the Residence of the Spanish Ambassador in France, was attended by Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of Spain. Sánchez presented the award to the company at a ceremony that highlighted SEAT’s projection as a globally recognized Spanish brand, an example of an exporting company that serves as a model for so many other companies, its commitment to sustainability and innovation, its resilience and capacity for historical reinvention, its alignment with European values ​​and its commitment to the Spanish chamber system.

SEAT is the leading Spanish industrial investor in R&D and leading exporting company in the Spanish manufacturing industry with a n export volume of 9,000 million euros in 2019. Its constant innovation and transformation over the last 70 years have marked its trajectory to become in a benchmark of mobility.

The President has presented the FEDECOM Award to the CEO of SEAT France, Robert Breschkow. Robert Breschkow has underlined his satisfaction at “being recognized for promoting trade, business development and our contribution to the good name of Spain and Spanish companies abroad”. Breschkow added that “we have been, are and will be a company that wants to generate wealth, share prosperity and offer the best mobility solutions to make people’s lives easier.” France is the fourth most relevant market for SEAT in terms of sales and has been key to SEAT’s growth in Europe. Between 2016 and 2019, SEAT’s sales in France increased by 80% and it became the fastest growing car brand on the French market in 2018 and 2019.

The President of FEDECOM, Eduardo Barrachina, also took part in the award ceremony held at the Spanish Embassy in Paris. Among other things, Barrachina said that “SEAT is the industrial heritage and economic history of Spain”, adding that “SEAT has a place in the memory and affective universe of the Spanish people, precisely because their cars have accompanied our prosperity.”

Barrachina has highlighted the extraordinary relationship that exists between the Government (through the Secretary of State for Commerce), the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and the foreign chambers of commerce, of which SEAT is a major and very important player.

In addition, the President of FEDECOM has taken the opportunity to remind those present of the future projects in which the Federation is working: the digitization of these institutions to bring the network of Chambers to all its users, the development of a map of services to collaborate with the Spanish Public Administration in its foreign action and the improvement in communication and visibility to value the work that the institution does.

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President of FEDECOM takes part in the Plenary Session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

President of FEDECOM takes part in the Plenary Session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Juan Rodríguez- Villa Matons, President of FEDECOM (Federation of Official Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania), took part last 18th July in the plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, which took place at Endesa company headquarters.

The President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, José Luis Bonet, recognized the good work done by the Government of Mr Rajoy and the impetus given to the cameral system, after the approval of the Basic Law 4/2014 of 1st April on Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation. Furthermore, he expressed his determination to continue having a close collaboration with the new government.

Then, the results of the recent elections hold in the territorial chambers were notified to the plenary session.

The presidents of the ports, digitalization, circular economy and employment commission showed the work that they were developing. It was presented the new challenge due to the economic cycle changing, as well as the society need for adaptation and, particularly, to the new digital era.

Ramón Paredes, president of the employment commission, highlighted the need to adapt youth training to the new market challenges, to face an increasingly professional training offer.

All the commissions are looking for new solutions, working closely with the administration, to optimize the advantages imposed by the new economic horizon.

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce General Director announced the opening of a new Chamber in Malta, and the upcoming implantations in Malasia, Singapur, Tailandia, South Korea and the UAE.

Besides, it was announced the future participation in the European Parliament for businesses next 10th October in Brussels.

It is also being analyzed the celebration of the biannual COMECOES (Chamber of Commerce foreign networks) meeting in Madrid.

The Presidency, Executive Committee and the Plenary mandate will expire in the frame of the next November the Plenary Session, consequently new members will be elected.

Ordinary General Assembly of FEDECOM

Ordinary General Assembly of FEDECOM

The Federation of Official Chambers of Commerce of Spain in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM) celebrated on March 9th its Ordinary General Assembly in Madrid.

The meeting took place in the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce of Spain, and the Presidents and/or Secretary General of all the Chambers member participated in person or virtually. Alfredo Bonet, Internationalization Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Spain, and Enrique Fanjul, Technician in the General Subdirectorate of Analysis and Strategy of Internationalization of the Secretary of State of Commerce, also took part in the meeting.

The topics that were discussed during the Assembly were, for example, the functional link between the network of  Official  Chambers of Commerce abroad and the Chamber of Commerce of Spain, the added value of belonging to the FEDECOM network and the collaboration between the Chambers member. It was also decided to grant the FEDECOM’s Enterprise of the Year Award 2018, and to inform the members about the accession of new Chambers to the Federation

The New Director General Trade of Policy and Competitiveness Welcomes the Representatives of the FEDECOM

The New Director General Trade of Policy and Competitiveness Welcomes the Representatives of the FEDECOM

Antonio García Rebollar, Director General of Trade Policy and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economy, Industry an Competitiveness, welcomed on March 9th in Madrid the Presidents and General Secretaries of the Federation of Official Chambers of Commerce of Spain in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM), concurring with the Ordinary General Assembly celebration.

Throughout the reunion, the FEDECOM representatives had the opportunity to inform the  Director General about the external Chambers network status and also about the different problems they are facing. A reform of the Royal Ordinance that regulates the external Official Chambers of Commerce was announced by Antonio Garcia Rebollar, with the aim of adapting its content to the current reality.

The diaspora of Spanish professionals and their contribution to the internationalization of the Spanish economy

The diaspora of Spanish professionals and their contribution to the internationalization of the Spanish economy

The past 28th of November, Leading Brands of Spain Forum, in collaboration with the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, Marca España and the Embassy of Spain in Belgium, organized in Brussels a meeting called “The diaspora of Spanish professionals and their contribution to the internationalization of the Spanish economy”. A diverse group of Spanish professionals established in the Belgian capital participated in this initiative, which aimed to debate about the asset that the Spanish professionals who are living abroad represented for the internationalization of the economy and the Spanish companies.

After the welcome words by Cecilia Yuste Rojas, Ambassador of Spain in Belgium, and José Luis Bonet, President of the Leading Brands of Spain Forum, the General Manager of the Leading Brands of Spain Forum and moderator of the event, Miguel Otero, introduced the subject and the speakers.

Right after, Enrique Fanjul, member of the Scientific Council of Elcano Royal Institute, took the floor. During his intervention, Fanjul explained that over the past few years, the number of Spanish professional established abroad had increased considerably. These professionals work in Spanish companies, in multinationals, in public organizations of the countries where they are, and in international organizations. He argued that it is necessary to make an effort and establish mechanisms to take advantage of this asset of great value.

Afterwards, some success stories about professional networks abroad were presented.

The first success story was done by Wim den Tuinder, Director of IESE Alumni Association & Institutional Development. During his intervention, Wim explained the expansion process of its alumni network and the different programs of development and expansion that are carried out from IESE.

The next success story was presented by Nicolás García, Director of the “Liga Global Network”. During his intervention, Nicolás talked about the strategy and the goals that are pursued through this initiative, which seeks to consolidate the positioning of LaLiga worldwide.

Then, Juan Rodríguez-Villa, president of the Federation of Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM), described the importance of FEDECOM to create relations between Spain and other the countries around the world

Finally, a debate took place about the subject matter in which all the attendees could participate. Among the most important subjects, they discussed about the role of women in the business world, the emigration of the young Spanish talent and the role of the Spanish companies in the process of the internationalization of ‘Marca España’.

Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2017

Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2017

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organized, last 27th November at the Hotel Le Plaza, their yearly Gala Dinner. The Embassy of Spain in Belgium, the Leading Brands of Spain Forum, Marca España and the Spanish Office for Patents and Brands (OEPM), collaborated specially on the event organization. During the dinner, the awards “Friends of Marca España” and “Friends of the Spanish Brands” were given. These awards aim to publicly acknowledge certain Belgian people, companies and institutions for their outstanding support and collaboration with Spain and/or Spanish brands within each of their respective professional spheres. This is the ninth edition of the awards and the first in Belgium, with previous ceremonies having taken place in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, London, Miami, Tokyo, Dubai, and Mexico.

After a welcome cocktail where the participants were delighted with cava offered by Freixenet, Institutional Wines D.O. Ca Rioja, Estrella Galicia beer, ibérico de bellota ham offered by the Regional Government of Extremadura and an appetizer elaborated by Marcos Morán, Gastronomic Director of the Restaurant Hispania Brussels, the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony started.

First, Juan Rodríguez-Villa, President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg took the stand. During his speech, he welcomed all the attendees to the Gala Dinner, went over all the activities that took place at the Chamber on 2017 and congratulated all the awardees of the night.

Afterwards, the masters of ceremonies, Sergi Ferré and Laura Martínez, Cultural and Political Counselors respectively, at the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, gave the word to José Luis Bonet, president of the Leading Brands of Spain Forum. During his speech, Bonet highlighted the important role of the Chambers of Commerce abroad, as well as the Friends of the Marca España and Friends of the Spanish Brands’, to make them stronger and more competitive internationally.

After the projection of a video-presentation about the Spanish Brands, the masters of ceremonies introduced the awards ceremony “Friends of the Spanish Brands in Belgium”. Several Spanish Brands, aim to recognize the hard work of Belgian citizens to internationalize and expand these brands in Belgium, through this award. The awardees were:

  • JEAN PIERRE PIRET as Friend of the Brand FERMAX in Belgium
  • LOUIS CULOT KEUKENWERKBLADEN as Friend of the Brand COSENTINO in Belgium.
  • ERIC LE PAIGE as Friend of the Brand ANDREU WORLD in Belgium.
  • JEAN-LUC MURI as Friend of the Brand LLADRÓ in Belgium.
  • KEEP IT QUIET as Friend of the Brand FREIXENET in Belgium.

After the awards ceremony, the attendees enjoyed a gourmet Spanish menu elaborated by Marcos Morán, who owns a Michelin Star and has been recognized with the National Gastronomy Award.

After the dinner, the Ambassador of Spain in Belgium, Cecilia Yuste Rojas, took the stand to congratulate the initiative of awarding the people who help to create closer ties between Spain and Belgium. Then, after the video presentation of Marca España, the masters of ceremonies presented the second awards ceremony “Friends of the Marca España” in Belgium. The awardees were:

  • Award to JAN DE CLERCK as Friend of the Marca España in Belgium, for being a pioneer of foreign tourism for the entire coast of Cádiz. He is currently Chairman of the hotel group Hoteles Andaluces Con Encanto (HACE) in the province of Cádiz.
  • Award to NICHETTE GHYOOT as Friend of the Marca España in Belgium. General Director of the tour operator Transeurope she collaborates with Spain’s Department of Tourism in the organization of activities with travel agencies, showcasing different destinations in Spain, such as Andalusia, Galicia, the Basque Country, and the Canary Islands.
  • Collective award to HISPANISTAS EN BÉLGICA as Friend of the Marca España in Belgium. The acknowledge of all Spanish language and literature professors from seven Belgian universities that have academic chairs dedicated to these subjects is recognized.
  • Award to ROLAND CRACCO as Friend of the Marca España in Belgium. CEO of the Belgian company INTERPARKING, one of the leading European groups with over 350,000 parking spaces. He loves Spain, its culture and its geography. Spain is one of the countries where INTERPARKING has invested the most, and the goal is to continue expanding throughout the country.
  • Award to CARMEN VAN DEN BOSSCHE as Friend of the Marca España in Belgium. She manages Caractère, a tour operator specializing in charming hotels and experiences that is looking to Spain for the launch of new products targeted at segments and destinations that play a part in achieving the objectives set by Spain’s tourism policy.
  • Award to OMMEGANG as Friend of the Marca España in Belgium.
  • Award to BERT DEHANDSCHUTTER as Friend of the Marca España in Belgium. He is a partner at Belgian law firm Racine. He is currently considered one of the most sought after lawyers for Spanish companies trading in Belgium.

After the awards ceremony, Bert Dehandschutter, in the name of all the awarded of the night, showed his appreciation for the awards given by Marca España and by the by the Spanish Brands for their relationship with Spain, both in the cultural and economic aspects.

Finally, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, High Commissioner for the Marca España closed the event by thanking  the Friends of the Marca España and Friends of the Spanish Brands their hard work for internationalize the Spanish Brands.

The Chamber thanks all the attendees their presence, and the Embassy of Spain in Belgium, the Leading Brands of Spain Forum, Marca España and the Spanish Office of Brands and Patents their collaboration in the organization of the event. Furthermore, we appreciate the collaboration of the sponsor companies and institutions: Freixenet, D.O.Ca Rioja, Estrella Galicia, Hispania Brussels, Quality Media Producciones, Junta de Extremadura, Indra and Santander Consumer Bank.   

Cocido Madrileño: A Benefit Lunch for Action Against Hunger at Terry’s Salcedo

Cocido Madrileño: A Benefit Lunch for Action Against Hunger at Terry’s Salcedo

On October 20, a benefit lunch was held for Action Against Hunger, in cooperation with La Camara and Terry’s Salcedo, for a cause to help fight malnutrition in the Philippines.

The lunch also celebrates Spain’s traditional dish, the Cocido Madrileño, a chickpea-based stew with vegetables and meat as well as other entrée specialties. It was held at Terry’s Bistro in Salcedo Village, a classic Spanish restaurant that serves traditional Spanish cuisine.

The restaurant’s very own Chef Juan Carlos de Terry introduced Cocido, Madrid’s quintessential stew, which was the highlight of the lunch. It was prepared with Terry’s chorizo and Morcilla Iberico-bellota, beef shank, pork belly, chicken, Andalusian chickpeas, simmered in a flavorful broth. The lunch was attended by several Spanish expats and other guests who enjoyed the sumptuous lunch paired with wine.

This charity event for Action Against Hunger was made to help promote nutrition and fight hunger wherein part of the proceeds of the benefit lunch will be donated to their projects. Action Against Hunger was launched in 2000, which has helped more than 70,000 people who received various aids such as nutritional support and access to safe water and sanitation, among others. Part of their project is the Restaurants Against Hunger, which invites restaurants all over Manila to participate to end hunger in the country by “promoting a solitary dish” from their menu. Part of the proceeds of the price of the dish will be donated for the projects to fight malnutrition in the Philippines.

The president of Fedecom takes part in the Plenary Session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

The president of Fedecom takes part in the Plenary Session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, president of the Federation of Official Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, took part on July 18th in the Extraordinary Plenary Session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, which took place at BBVA headquarters in Madrid, concurring with the celebration of the “Big Data, Big Day” event and the presentation of the BBVA Research’s “Impacto de la Digitalización de las Empresas Españolas” report.

During the meeting, José Luis Bonet, president of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, performed a first balance of the “Plan de Impulso a la Digitalización de las Pymes Españolas”, a project jointly launched with BBVA whose object is to explain and foster Spanish SMEs’ transition to a a digital environment. This program agrees with BBVA Research’s report when stating that, even if Spain is better equipped than other Southern European countries like Italy or Portugal, there is still a great margin of improvement when it comes to SMEs’ adaptation to new technologies.

To conclude, the forum stressed the importance of said adaptation not only to improve SMEs’ competitiveness in mature market niches, but also as an engine for exports to new markets. These tools, along with new data-engineering techniques, are, according to the experts, the future of Spanish small and medium enterprises.

Spanish Tapas Tour 2017

Spanish Tapas Tour 2017

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain organised in June the first edition of the Spanish Tapas Tour, a new gastronomic event that brought to London the best flavours from Spanish cuisine.

Based on one of the most important events in Spain, the week of the tapas, The Spanish Tapas Tour took place from 12th to 18th June. During that week, 10 of the best Spanish restaurants in London offered a Tapa and a drink at a fixed price, with plates that represented a wide range of regions from the country.

Arbina Offered a “Tazacorte” octopus ink tempura on a bed of Galician sand and planckton; Barrica, Aubergine, jamón & manchego ‘lasagne’ with an almond vinaigrette; Boquería, Suckling pig, aubergine torrija, quince and blood orange; Brindisa, smoked anchovies with mojo borage and crostini and Copita, sardines & beetroot – pickled egg with capers, membrillo & a black olive puree.

Drakes Tabanco offered presa ibérica with Café de Paris butter; Ibérica, baby carrot tempura with homemade tartare sauce; Hispania, salmorejo with flavours of the sea; Sagardi, ‘Roxario’ ciderhouse-style salted cod omelette, and Tapas Revolution offered ham croquettes.

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During that week, more than 350 tapas were sold and the public could try real Spanish flavours and felt just as if they were in Spain. The Spanish Tapas Tour also had its own passport, where people got a stamp after tasting the tapa of each restaurant.

The participants of the Spanish Tapas Tour had the chance to take part in two different contests. The first one gave them the opportunity to win a city break to Spain. They just needed to sample at least 4 different tapas and choose their preferred one. A raffle took place among the eligible passports and a lucky winner will now travel to Spain. We would like to thank Iberia Express and NH Hotels for kindly providing the flights and the hotel stay for two people.

The most highly valued tapa from the public vote was the Tazacorte octopus from Arbina. We want to congratulate and thank them for their active involvement on this event.

A second contest was held on Instagram. People should upload a picture of their tapa using the hashtag #SpanishTapasTour. The most liked picture won a hamper of typical Spanish products, thanks to Eatapas.

25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER – Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER – Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

This Gala was special for a number of reasons but very especially because we had the privilege to host the Friends of Spain Awards for the first time in Hong Kong. Thank you to everyone who attended to the Gala Dinner and thank you for celebrating our 25th Anniversary with us.

“The event was a sell out and the quality of the attendants and speakers in terms of representation of the Spanish business community was first rate. The combination of  the dinner with the Friends of Spain Awards provided a good balance of social interaction and professional relevance. 

This Gala Dinner has set the benchmark for future Chamber events of this nature at a high level. Congratulations to all those involved in the organization of this excellent event.”

Alex de la Iglesia

“This years gala dinner was a great event at a magnificent venue. Many things made it special, but personally, having the “Foro de Marcas Renombradas Españolas” as part of it, was truly what gave that special touch. This fact brought to my mind memories from the 2005 edition of this Forum, as I had the unique privilege of being there with Seve Ballesteros, whom was awarded and recognized as Ambassador of the Brand Spain in the category of Sports. 

I would like to thank and congratulate Alfonso, Bonnie and all the team for the enormous effort and work, and I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Xmas and lots of health and success for 2016.”

Ivan Ballesteros

“This year’s Gala Dinner 2015 was definitely one to remember! From distinguished guests, landmark location and marvelous food and drinks, to great entertainment and awards, the event truly was a journey of sensations and experiences within a solid business-friendly environment. Congratulations to the organization team – can’t wait for next year!”

Johanna Gonzalez Riusech

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