The Spain-India Council Foundation functions within the general framework of the group of Council Foundations promoted and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, with the aim of promoting and strengthening bilateral relations with foreign countries (in this case India) considered to be of high priority in Spain's foreign policy with respect to Asia and the Pacific.
The aim is to bring together, in a single civil society platform, efforts being made across a wide variety of sectors in Spain in order to promote common interests and goals, and to address concerns related to spheres of activities that affect India. The entities promoting this initiative (Grupo Santander, La Caixa, Chaincorp, and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation) believe that an initiative of this nature is sure to provide a boost for these interests at a time when India has taken its place at the beginning of the 21st century as one of the emerging countries with the greatest international impact.
The Spain-India Council Foundation participates in high-level contacts and activities of the major importance conceived by the Government to promote bilateral relations. These will include state visits, investment forums and business meetings sponsored by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and business organizations, cultural and educational activities and the development of exchange programs in fields such as science and technology, art, cuisine, law and cinema.
The Foundation also promotes initiatives, contacts, and actions considered to be of high priority by its Trustees, who represent a wide range of both public and private activities. This requires a coordinated and coherent approach, as well as the joint efforts and the motivation of all parties concerned.
The Foundation’s members include prominent representatives of federal, autonomous, and local government, whose task is to support the work of the Foundation while promoting their own initiatives to be developed within this general framework of action.