The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation organized a Public Diplomacy Seminar to the Diplomacy and International Relation Master students
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation offered a Public Diplomacy Seminar to the Diplomacy and International Relation Master students from the 17th to the 19th February.
The Council Foundations network was the focus of one of the sessions. The Council Foundations were created by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Spain Australia Foundation is integrated in this network. The Secretary General, the diplomat Jesús Rodríguez-Andía, explained the work that the SACF has carried out since it was launched in 2010 and how in these 10 years of experience it has become an essential value in the Ministry´s public diplomacy.
He also highlighted the benefits in being part of the Foundation for the companies of the board, since it enables fluent communication with the Australian Administration being an agile and effective vehicle for their commercial interests in the country.
In addition, thanks to its different information channels, this website and the social media, the Council Foundation has become an information reference as well as a disseminator of the cultural, educational and other fields links between Spain and Australia.
During the seminar there was also a session dedicated to the Casas Network, another tool fostered by the Ministry. Casa Asia is integrated in this network and is as well one of the members of the SACF Board, a good example of the good functioning of the different pieces developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
About the Council Foundations Network
The Council Foundations network, promoted and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, is integrated by eight private Foundations and work to strengthen the bilateral relations between Spain and some priority countries, both in Spanish foreign policy and in the interests of civil society.
The members of the board of this foundations are representatives of private companies and institutions as well as from the public administration through Ministries and other organizations.
This public-private cooperation gives the Council Foundations a unique nature, since they are excellent tools for public diplomacy and also contribute to facilitating contact and knowledge of the country for trustees and participants in the different activities.
Spain-Australia Council Foundation, chaired by Susana de Sarriá (NAVANTIA), and created in 2010. www.spain-australia.org
Spain-India Council Foundation, chaired by Juan Ignacio Entrecanales (ACCIONA) and created in 2009. www.spain-india.org
Spain-China Council Foundation, chaired by Francisco Riberas (GESTAMP) and created in 2004. www.spain-china-foundation.org
Spain-Japan Council Foundation, chaired by Josep Piqué and created in 2001. www.spainjaponfoundation.com
Spain-Brazil Council Foundation, chaired by Antonio Huertas (MAPFRE) and created in 2011. www.espanha-brasil.org
Spain-Colombia Council Foundation, chaired by Trinidad Jiménez (TELEFONICA) and created in 2015. www.espana-colombia.org
Spain-Peru Council Foundation, chaired by José Manuel González-Páramo (BBVA) and created in 2018. www.espana-peru.org
Spain-United States Council Foundation, chaired by Juan Lladó (TÉCNICAS REUNIDAS) and created in 1997. www.spainusa.org