As Alonso Dezcallar, Secretary General of the Spain India Council Foundation, explained to the four participants in this year’s edition, the main objective of the Indian Leaders Programme is to strengthen the relationship between the two countries by offering Indian professional experts the chance to get to know Spain in the fields related to their professional activity. The Programme was created as a short-term immersion in our country in order to offer an updated overview of the Spanish social and cultural landscape and to break away from stereotypes, show the country’s potential to be highly competitive in many sectors, favour the creation of networks and generate long-term relationships.
The diplomat welcomed the Indian delegation in Bilbao at the first event on their agenda in Spain. Alonso Dezcallar detailed the goals and objectives of the Spain India Council Foundation and the actions taken to achieve them. He highlighted the Leaders Programme as one of the most successful, consolidated activities and explained that, during five days of work, they would have the opportunity to meet professionals from the public and private sector who work in the field of sustainable urban development. The main objective of the Programme is for everyone to interact as much as possible, thus generating a constant, diverse and enriching flow of experiences for both parties.
“We chose Bilbao, as well as Madrid, for what they can teach us as examples of urban development,” Alonso Dezcallar explained to the Leaders.
The first stage of the programme took place in Bilbao, which has undergone and continues to undergo a spectacular transformation from an industrial city to a modern, service-oriented one with a clear commitment to environmental regeneration. Its transformation has been internationally recognised and turned the city into a global tourist destination.
Alonso Dezcallar: “We chose Bilbao and Santander, as well as Madrid, for what they can teach us as examples of urban development”
Alonso Dezcallar pointed out that some of the best companies in the smart cities sector are Spanish. Their experience and skill could be useful for India, a country which is currently immersed in a major process of urban renovation and which is also very committed to clean energy and sustainable development. The Secretary General said he was sure that this visit would be fruitful for the Indian guests both professionally and personally, and highlighted that, in previous editions, the participants were surprised by the similarities between the two countries.
5th Indian Leaders Programme report.
Indian Leaders profiles.
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