11.07.2016

“Australia, strategically speaking, is very important for Spain”

The Spain Australia Council Foundation's Secretary General Alonso Dezcallar welcomed the 2016 Leaders and gave an overview of the programme

“Australia, strategically speaking, is very important for Spain”

The two main goals of the Spain Australia Council Foundation's II Leaders Programme, which started with an official welcome from SACF's Secretary General Alonso Dezcallar, are to offer a comprehensive, updated view of Spain and to improve the two countries’ images of one another.

The four Australian journalists participating in this edition will visit a range of places in Spain to discover some of the country's key companies with interests in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as some of the most salient aspects of Spanish art, culture and gastronomy. They will also have a chance to exchange opinions and forge links with influential peers, public figures and think tanks.

As stated by the Secretary General during his address, in the past few years Spanish companies have been highly active in Australia, and it is necessary to foster political relations so that they grow accordingly. He emphasised the interest shown in Australia by the members of the Board and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation explaining that “strategically speaking, it is very important for Spain”.

Alonso Dezcallar also mentioned the similarities between the two countries, which facilitate the coordination of joint actions.

All the attendees agreed that, with the exception of a few stereotypes, Spain and Australia know very little about one another. Alonso Dezcallar felt confident it would become clear that Spain “is an efficient, competitive country. By the end of the programme you will have built an image of Spain, which I trust will be positive and will help you, in turn, to create a positive image of the country in Australia”.

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Australian Leaders Programme: Activity summary

Artículo publicado por Giles Parkinson en Renew Economy: Spain looks to re-boot renewables as economy recovers

"Chefs for Change": artículo de Ute Junker sobre el Basque Culinary Center

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El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
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El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
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El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
El secretario general de la FCEA recibe a los participantes
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