The ninth edition of the Spain-Philippines Forum will bring together representatives of civil society, public administrations and the economic and university world of Spain and the Philippines at Instituto Cervantes in Madrid.
This forum is organised by Casa Asia and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the support of Instituto Cervantes, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, and the embassies of both countries.
The Spain-Philippines Forum, held for the first time in 2005, is a platform for dialogue and cooperation whose main objective is to strengthen bilateral relations, especially in the economic field, but also in the academic and cultural fields, in addition to exploring opportunities for collaboration and to promote relations between the respective civil societies.
This year’s edition is structured around five roundtables, spread over two days, and has an opening session and a closing session. In the opening session on Monday, February 6, the Secretary of State for Migrant Workers Affairs of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, Eduardo Jose A. de Vega, as well as the President of the Philippines-Spain Business Council, Jose C. Ibazeta, and the directors of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Moreno and the director of Casa Asia, Javier Parrondo will take part. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno, will participate in the closing ceremony on the 7th.
Geopolitics, Renewable Energies and Infrastructures
Monday, February 6, will begin with a roundtable on the role of Spain and the Philippines in the Indo-Pacific region, which will be followed by 2 sessions that will deepen into issues of bilateral economic interest.
The economic sessions take on special prominence in this Forum, since the first one will discuss energy transition and specifically renewable energy development in the Philippines, given the opening to foreign investment that has taken place in this sector, and the second roundtable will analyse the infrastructure development in the Philippines and specifically about the opportunities that are also opening up in this field.
Both sessions will include the participation of two State Secretaries of the Philippine government. The State Secretary for the Department of Energy, Sharon S.Garin, will take part in the first session on energy transition, and the State Secretary for Planning of the Department of Transport, Timothy John Batan, will participate in the Infrastructure session, and on the Spanish side, representatives of Iberdrola, ICEX, ACCIONA, and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Legacy of José Rizal and the Hispanism Forum
Before these sessions, on Monday the 6th an act of delivery will be held regarding the legacy of the writer José Rizal, which will take place at Caja de las Letras that is located in the Instituto Cervantes, and which hosts more than 100 legacies that since 2007 have been depositing personalities —men and women— of culture in Spanish.
The session on the 7th will include the participation of the State Secretary for Ibero-America and the Caribbean and Spanish in the World, Juan Fernández Trigo, and will be followed by two working groups. The first one, under the name Hispanismo Forum, will address the current situation of the Spanish language in the Philippines, and the second one will analyse studies on the Philippines in Spain. Both tables will have the presence of renowned experts and researchers in the field.
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno will be in charge of closing this ninth edition of the Spain-Philippines Forum.
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