19 jun 2017
28th Meeting of Presidents of Ibero-American Employers Organizations

Juan Rosell, Erol Kirespi, Marisa Poncela and Rebeca Grynspan, open the meeting held at CEOE

They presented the conclusions of the meeting to the president of Congress, Ana Pastor, and to the parliamentary groups.

The president of CEOE, Juan Rosell; his counterpart in the IOE, Erol Kiresepi; the Secretary of State for Commerce, Marisa Poncela; and the Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebeca Grynspan, have inaugurated the XXVIII Meeting of Presidents of Ibero-American Employers Organizations in CEOE, organized by the Council of Ibero-American Employers (CEIB) and the International Organization of Employers (OIE).

CEOE and CEIB meeting
CEOE and CEIB meeting

The president of CEOE, Juan Rosell; his counterpart at the IOE, Erol Kiresepi; the Secretary of State for Commerce, Marisa Poncela; and the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan opened the 28th Meeting of Presidents of Ibero-American Employer Organizations held at CEOE, organized by the Council of Ibero-American Employers (CEIB) and the International Organization of Employers (OIE). Subsequently, they presented the conclusions of the meeting to the president of Congress, Ana Pastor, and to the parliamentary groups at the headquarters of this institution.

During the opening session at the headquarters of the Employers’ Organization, its President, Juan Rosell, welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of the meeting, as it brings together the voice and interests of entrepreneurs of the Ibero-American community through CEIB.

Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebeca Grynspan, highlighted the role of the Ibero-American Business Council as a strategic partner for the organization of business forums, since it serves to convey the main messages of the Ibero-American community to the Summits of Heads of State and Government, which are held annually. She has also pointed out that integration and cooperation are driving forces of growth in the region and to achieve these, the role of social agents is crucial.

In fact, she pointed out that "77% of the Ibero-American community pleads for greater integration in the area", which means greater population mobility, better digital connectivity and a decrease in bureaucracy, among other factors.

Program

During the day, discussions took place on issues such as the emerging trends in Latin American economies; the future of trade and investment; EU-Latin America relations: CEIB-Business Europe, the presentation of the Digital 2020 Plan for Latin America; the outlook for the G20 and B20 in 2018; CEIB's activities throughout 2016 and 2017; and the handing over of the presidency of the Council of Ibero-American Employers to CACIF (Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations of Guatemala).

Declaration of Madrid and the situation in Venezuela

The president of CEOE, Juan Rosell; IOE´s president Erol Kiresepi; and CACIF ´s president, Antonio Malouf, participated in the delivery of conclusions from the meeting to the President of Congress, Ana Pastor, and to the parliamentary groups present at the headquarters of this institution. Following the words of gratitude from the President of Congress, the situation in Venezuela was assessed and the Declaration of Madrid was presented, through which it is agreed to improve competitiveness and promote trade and investment as growth engines in Latin America.