The Spain-India Council Foundation held a working lunch in honor of Shri C.P. Joshi, Minister of Road Transport and Highways for the Indian government, last May 27 at Hotel Villamagna in Madrid.
We of the Council Foundation wanted to give this event the importance it deserves, as it is a special event from three perspectives:
First of all because it concerns India, a country with which Spain has been building close relations for some time, in line with what the country represents both in a regional context and on a global scale. Nowadays it would be unthinkable to try to understand political, cultural and economic relations on a global level without taking India into account. Due to its size, population and influence over the challenges that the International Community is facing today, India has become a key player with which Spain wants to maintain good relations and increase cooperation in accordance with shared interests.
Secondly, infrastructures represent a key part of the international economy. They represent a sphere of activity that is becoming increasingly important for all governments, including those of our two countries that have invested heavily in this truly strategic sector of economic growth.
At the initiative of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works, the most powerful companies and organizations in a sector of which Spain is a world leader gathered for this occasion. Many of them already have interests in India and all of them seek to develop relations with the extremely important Indian infrastructure sector, including the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, which is directed by Mr. Joshi.
Finally, the Spain-India Council Foundation was honored to have the opportunity to hold this luncheon for those taking part in the business meeting that preceded it. The Foundation is an initiative that was launched by a few individuals just one year ago at the urging of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC), and which now has almost fifty trustees. We are a group of businesses, banks, and private cultural, educational and scientific institutions that have joined forces with Ministries and other public bodies. Our aim is to combine our interests and act as a group to increase India's presence in Spain and, at the same time, to help one another ensure that Spain has a bigger presence in India.