The king Philip VI has offered this Wednesday to the countries of Ibero-America the collaboration of Spain to slow the advance of the coronavirus in this region, which is currently in the focus of the pandemic, considering that the experience accumulated in the last three months “can be useful”.
“As a brother country, we put ourselves at your disposal to collaborate in these moments so complex and painful, “said the monarch during the meeting of the presidents of organizations that make up the Ibero-American Business Council (CEIB), which was held at the headquarters of the CEOE employers in Madrid and in which most of the Participants have done it electronically.
The fact that the health crisis hit Europe earlier than America, where the number of cases has progressively increased, has meant, according to Felipe VI, that the spread of the virus has not been parallel in time on both continents. “So I think that the experience accumulated by our institutions and professionals during the last months it can be useful for you “, he stated.
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Latin America already exceeds one million infections, one sixth of the world total, and the 51,000 deaths, which has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to express its concern about the expansion of covid-19 in this region. Brazil is the second country with the highest number of infections, only behind the United States, with nearly 527,000 positive cases and 30,000 deaths. Neighboring countries such as Peru (170,000), Chile (105,000) and Mexico (90,000) are also among the ten most affected countries.
Felipe VI has stressed that the cultural and economic relations between Spain and Ibero-America “are and will always be very strong” and has advocated that they be “even more so in extremely difficult situations” such as the one caused by the pandemic, which has aggravated the fall of the economy in the region.
To Ibero-American businessmen, he has conveyed his encouragement convinced that, with his “effort and integrity”, they will play “a decisive role” in recovery. Similarly, it has expressed the will of Spain to maintain its “firm and sustained” commitment to economic and trade relations with Latin America in favor of “the continuity of all this great work” built in recent decades.
The king ended his intervention by underlining “the shared commitment to achieve, with the commitment of all, a more prosperous and cohesive Ibero-American Space, more innovative, and more sustainable and inclusive. “
The Ibero-American Secretary General, participated in the forum, held behind closed doors, Rebeca Grynspan; the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, and the CEOE president, Antonio Garamendi, who have come with a mask to the employer’s headquarters.
The president of CEIB, the Andorran, have intervened electronically Gerard Cadena, that of the International Organization of Employers (OIE), the Turkish Erol Kiresepi, as well as those responsible for the twenty employers in Latin American countries.
The motto of the meeting was “More Ibero-America, our common company”, of which Don Felipe has pointed out that “it is not accidental”, reflecting “Everyone’s determined commitment to supporting this great community more than ever.” Garamendi has stressed the importance of consensus and social dialogue as – “something we know well”, he pointed out – as a tool to promote economic development and the way out of the crisis.
Grynspan has also advocated for the social pact so that, in addition to overcoming the crisis, the future is “more promising and fair”, according to sources of the Royal House. The different leaders have also agreed that it is time to join forces and undertake “a crusade for investment promoted from the highest level.”