A Latin American business event held in Buenos Aires was attended by members of the business community and high-level government officials from the region.


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Susana Malcorra, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Adalberto Rodríguez Giavarini, EU Ambassador José Salafranca, and Juan Procaccini, Director of the Investment Agency, took part in the closing discussion panel.

The Director of the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), Gustavo Beliz, took part in the event organized by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Republic of Argentina and the Fundación Iberoamericana Empresarial (FIE), which took place on April 25 and 26, 2016, in Buenos Aires.

The event was opened by the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America, Jesús Gracia; the Argentine Ambassador to Spain, Ramón Puerta; and the Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebeca Grynspan.

In the discussion panel he took part in with Argentina’s Minister of Labor, Jorge Triaca, Mr Beliz analyzed the need for tools to move talent between countries, such as visa facilitation for businesspeople, work permits, agreements on Social Security contributions, and incentives for internationalizing start-ups.

In this regard, he underlined the contribution made by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), particularly through the ConnectAmericas platform, as a way for entrepreneurs and businesspeople to exchange ideas and experiences and facilitate travel. He also recalled fruitful prior experiences in this regard both in the MERCOSUR and the Pacific Alliance, and also between China and different economies in the region.

Others who discussed the importance of increasing the mobility of business talent included the Vice President of Técnicas Reunidas, Manuel Alabart; the Assistant Director-General of Banco Santander, Alejandra Kindeland; the Director-General of Endeavor Argentina, Gabriela Macagni; the Country Manager for Egon Zehnder, Marcelo Grimoldi; and the Director of International Institutional Relations for Planeta, Rogelio Pla.

The focus of the second panel was the Latin American Community and the Digital Economy. Participants included Argentina’s Secretary of Entrepreneurs and SMEs, Mariano Mayer; the Director of the Global Strategy for Public Affairs at Telefónica, Trinidad Jiménez; the Executive President of BBVA-Francés, Martín Zarich; the Director-Representative of CAF in Argentina, Rubén Ramírez; Gustavo Giay, Partner at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal; and the Director-General for the Americas and Spain at Indra, José Cabello.