27 mar 2019
The visit of CEOE’s delegation to Argentina comes to an end


In addition, CEOE and its Argentinian counterpart business organization, the UIA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the digitalization of SMEs.

Yesterday, the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, together with the head of CEOE’s President’s Cabinet and of CEOE International, Narciso Casado, took part in the presentation of the 3rd Ibero-American Forum for MSMEs, in the presence of representatives from the Argentinian government, specifically the ministry of Foreign Relations and Worship and the Secretary of State for SMEs. To prepare the Forum, which will be held in Buenos Aires in June, they met with the Secretary of State for SMEs, Mariano Mayer and with other Argentinian authorities and institutions, such as the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Argentine Republic. The delegation also held a meeting with members of CEOE's counterpart business organization, the UIA, with which it signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a program to promote the digitalization of SMEs.

Antonio Garamendi took part in the presentation of the 3rd Ibero-American Forum for MSMEs
Antonio Garamendi took part in the presentation of the 3rd Ibero-American Forum for MSMEs

Presentation of the 3rd Ibero-American Forum for MSMEs

Yesterday, CEOE, in collaboration with SEGIB, the UIA and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Republic of Argentina, presented at the Palacio de San Martin, within the Argentinian Foreign Office, the 3rd Ibero-American Forum for MSMEs, which will take place in Buenos Aires in June. Garamendi said this is a joint initiative between SEGIB, the government of Argentina and the Council of Ibero-American Entrepreneurs, CEIB.

The presentation of the Forum was attended by the Argentinian Secretary of State for SMEs, Mariano Mayer; the Secretary of State for Commerce, Xiana Méndez; the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi; the president of the of Commerce, José Luis Bonet; the permanent secretary of the Council of Ibero-American Businessmen (CEIB), Narciso Casado; the vice president of the UIA, Daniel Funes de Rioja, and the president of the Spanish Chamber in Argentina, Guillermo Ambroggi.

Garamendi stressed that the Ibero-American Forum for Micro, Small and Medium-sized companies intends to be a space for reflecting, exchanging good practices and discussing the reality of the Ibero-American SME, its support policies, new organizational models and the promotion of strategic alliances between countries.  The event’s target audience includes entrepreneurs, public officials responsible for policies, researchers and academics, representatives of multilateral organizations, representatives of business organizations and experts and representatives of Ibero-American associations linked to production.

Garamendi said that the third edition of the Forum follows a clear mandate stated in the latest Declaration of the XXVI Summit of Heads of State held in the city of Antigua, Guatemala, in 2018. The message is to promote, together with the authorities in charge of drafting the policies that affect Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) within the Ibero-American space the following: innovation, the transformation of the productive and digital capacity of SMEs; the creation of new regulatory frameworks for simplification and financial inclusion; and the internationalization and insertion of SMEs through regional value chains as well as the promotion of entrepreneurship among women, with access to productive and financial resources.

The president of CEOE explained that the main goals of this new edition are focused on understanding the role of MSMEs within the new digital transformation underway, with new products, services and business models, which generate challenges and opportunities. Likewise, it seeks to inform about public programs and business organizations that aim to support the productivity of SMEs, their digital transformation and insertion into the global value chains.

Garamendi also pointed out that it is important to discuss the best strategies to increase the intra-regional trade of MSMEs and explore initiatives that seek to interconnect entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing a regional perspective that goes beyond the national borders. "It is crucial to investigate the phenomenon of open innovation in Latin America, encouraging SMEs and start-ups to collaborate with large companies to innovate," he said.

Garamendi recalled that the previous edition was held at the headquarters of the CEOE in March 2018 and the agenda focused on the push from business organizations for the development of MSMEs, new financing instruments, innovation and productive transformation, inclusion of the SMEs in the fourth Industrial Revolution and compliance with the SDGs


Signing of a Mou between CEOE and UIA

Within the framework of the visit of H.M. the King of Spain, both institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding, in order to promote bi-national cooperation with regard to the agenda for SMEs.  The agreement seeks to place value on an initiative undertaken by the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) that aims to digitize the SME sector. Both entities will work together to promote the incorporation of technology and the development of new business models among Argentinian SMEs. The interaction will also involve institutions that actively work on the challenges associated with Industry 4.0 for SMEs and of which CEOE and UIA are prominent members, such as the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the Global Business Coalition (GBC).  Within the framework of this signing, it was announced that the 3rd Ibero-American Forum for MSMEs organized by SEGIB would be held in Buenos Aires.

UIA’s representatives included its secretary, Alberto Álvarez Saavedra; its Executive Director, Diego Coatz; its Coordinator of Technical Departments, Gabriel Vienni, and its Services Coordinator for Partners and UIA one-stop shop, Julieta Gutiérrez.

The Spanish delegation was made up of the President of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, and the Head of the President’s Cabinet and director general of CEOE International, Narciso Martín Casado.