05 sep 2018
Within the framework of the Twenty-sixth Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State and Government


The permanent secretary to the CEIB, Narciso Casado, highlighted the importance of multilateralism and regional integration

The Ibero-American Business Council, CEIB, and the Ibero-American General Secretariat, SEGIB, in collaboration with the Guatemalan business organization CACIF, are organizing a preparatory meeting in Antigua-Guatemala, on September 5 and 6, to start working on the technical content and the employers’ position on the main issues that will be addressed in the Twelfth Ibero-American Business Meeting within the framework of the Twenty-sixth Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government.

La Antigua Guatemala

Narciso Casado Martín, permanent secretary to the Iberoamerican Business Council -CEIB and director of CEOE’s International Relations Department, highlighted during his talk that multilateralism and regional integration are part of the answer to the many opportunities and challenges faced by companies and institutions in the 21st Century.

According to Casado, this is an issue of great importance for Latin-America where, for example, intra-regional commerce represented 16.8% in 2017.  This is a much lower figure than the one posted by other regions, such as Europe, where it was set at  62%, or East and South East Asia, with a 50%.

He believes it is necessary to highlight how achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda would mean opportunities for companies, both in terms of improving their production processes and in the production of goods and services with high added value. And he warned that it could become a serious risk to the competitiveness of companies if the implementation of the 2030 Agenda translates into a new wave of regulations and regulatory obstacles that further hinder their performance, especially in the case of micro-companies and SMEs.

Specialists and experts from Ibero-American companies, business organizations and multi-Latin institutions who met at the Antigua Training Centre discussed, among other issues, the main 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Other topics under analysis and study included trade and investment as the path to prosperity and development, the digital ecosystem as a strategic pillar for economic growth, sustainability as a key element in the corporate citizenship strategy, the empowerment of women and the Ibero-American talent and human capital mobility program.

At this meeting, they will set the main lines that will be discussed later within the framework of the Twelfth Ibero-American Business Meeting that, under the title "Central America invites you, Antigua Guatemala welcomes you", will be held on November 14 and 15 in the city of Antigua in Guatemala.