Gonzalo de Benito greets the members of the Indian Leaders Programme at a meeting in which he stressed the importance of India in the strategic plans of Spain in Asia.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs has welcomed the Indian leaders at a meeting held at Torres Agora headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. In the meeting also participated several representatives of the Ministry, the ambassador of India to Spain and members of the Spain-India Council Foundation, organizers of the Indian Leaders Program.
Gonzalo de Benito explained Spain´s current economic situation, with particular emphasis on the growth of our exports. The participants in the encounter agreed on the interest of both countries to increase trade and cultural exchanges. According to the ambassador, Sunil Lal, India offers distinct business opportunities in sectors such as pharmaceuticals or IT.
The secretary of State emphasized the leadership of some spanish companies in Latin American markets, affirming that Spain could "lead India on its way to South America." He also recognized the need to "promote understanding between Spanish and Indian companies to compete in those countries together."
The leaders were particularly interested in the Spanish military technology. Gonzalo de Benito said that "we are good at military communications and work with very demanding markets such as Swiss and Australian".
On a different matter, participants highlighted the initiative of the Spanish government to grant residence permits for foreigners who buy a home appraised at more than 150,000 euros. This measure will help to ease the migration regime and therefore refinance the Spanish property market.
This meeting starts the Indian Future Leaders Programme. This initiative aims to strengthen bilateral relations between Spain and India, besides positioning the two countries as strategic partners. This was highlighted by the minister of State for Foreign Affairs. During his speech, he encouraged "to solve the lack of mutual understanding" between the two nations. In this regard, he stressed the importance of the Indians Leaders Programme of the Spain-India Council Foundation, to become a real and effective platform to promote dialogue between the two countries to boost economic and trade relationship and strengthen ties between the two countries.