He will hold an informal meeting with Spanish businessmen and will take advantage of the event to boost Spain's attractiveness for investors
MADRID, 16 Ene. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will go to Davos this Tuesday afternoon, where he will develop an intense agenda of meetings with companies with potential investment interests in Spain, supported by the new Minister of Economy, Carlos Body, who will maintain his own agenda. , although in some meetings he will accompany the president, as in the case of the Minister of Digital Transformation and Public Function, José Luis Escrivá, who will also be present at the Forum.
In addition to the speech scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, January 17, where Sánchez will talk about the international situation, challenges such as AI and the evolution of the Spanish economy, previously, after his arrival this afternoon in Davos, he has scheduled a meeting with the CEO of Cisco, Chuck Robbins, to follow up on some of the large technological and cybersecurity projects that the company has in the country.
According to sources from the Moncloa Palace, Sánchez plans to take part this Tuesday in a reserved dinner organized by Intel in which a small group of political and multinational leaders will also be present, after which he will attend a reception and hold a bilateral meeting. with the CEO of Qualcomm, the Brazilian Cristiano Amon.
At the World Economic Forum, which is being held in the Swiss town of Davos, Sánchez will give priority to economic issues on his agenda to expose the attractiveness of Spain as an investment destination and in which he will hold meetings with directors of large multinationals, with special attention to the technology sector.
Likewise, the President of the Government also has a meeting scheduled on Wednesday morning with the top executive of Siemens Energy, Gamesa's parent company, Christian Bruch, after which he will meet with the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Sanofi, Paul Hudson, to meet later with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the largest fortunes in the world.
The marathon succession of meetings planned on the Spanish president's agenda also includes on Wednesday a meeting with Google's president of global affairs, Kent Walker, and a subsequent lunch organized by the multinational for around 90 people in which questions about technology and AI, after which he has scheduled a meeting with the CEO of Fujitsu, Takahito Tokita.
Apart from the contacts with foreign multinationals, the sources consulted indicated that the President of the Government is also expected to hold an informal meeting with the Spanish business delegation present in the Swiss town, where Ibex 35 heavyweights will attend, in order to maintain an exchange of impressions.
According to the agenda of the Forum organizers, Spanish business leaders such as Ana Botín, president of Banco Santander, will be present in Davos; José María Álvarez-Pallete, president and CEO of Telefónica; Ignacio Sánchez Galán, president and CEO of Iberdrola; Carlos Torres, president of BBVA; Josu Jon Imaz, CEO of Repsol; Francisco Reynés, president and CEO of Naturgy, or Rafael del Pino, executive president of Ferrovial. The CEO of Cepsa, Maarten Wetselaar, will also attend.
Apart from the economic meetings, where Sánchez will highlight the good macroeconomic data with which Spain has closed the year and the good prospects for the country, the President of the Government will hold two meetings with international media, including an interview with the CNBC network on Wednesday morning and another hours later with Bloomberg.
Likewise, prior to his speech at the World Economic Forum, he will take part in a closed-door meeting with political leaders, analysts and heads of international organizations to address the situation in the Middle East and its implications.
For its part, Davos will host the intervention on January 18 by Nadia Calviño in a colloquium in which she participates as president of the EIB, in what represents her debut as a representative of the organization in a major international event, in which she will share space with Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the president of the Eurogroup, Paschal Donohoe.
Other relevant economic figures in the cycle that will begin on Monday will be Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); Ajay S. Banga, president of the World Bank; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director of the WTO, as well as business leaders such as Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Sam Altman (OpenAI), Arvind Krishna (IBM), Roland Busch (Siemens), or Albert Bourla (Pfizer).
Since its creation in 1971, the conclave, better known as the Davos Forum, aims to bring together annually senior executives from major global companies, heads of state, ministers, influential political figures, renowned academics, representatives of organizations, young people, as well as as well as representatives of technological innovation and civil society.
In its 2024 edition, under the motto "Rebuilding trust", the series of conferences and meetings will bring together more than 2,800 leaders from 120 countries in search of promoting dialogue, cooperation and partnerships on global issues such as economic growth , climate action, energy security, technological governance and human development, as well as the geopolitical situation.
Among the most relevant international figures who plan to speak at the Forum, Javier Milei stands out, who is attending Davos for the first time as president of Argentina, in addition to other leaders such as the French president, Emmanuel Macron, or Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Comission.
Likewise, the European Union will also have the presence in the Swiss Alps of the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the prime ministers of Belgium, Alexander De Croo; Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis; and Netherlands, Mark Rutte.
Outside the EU, one of the most relevant figures to participate in Davos will again this year be the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, while Isaac Herzog, president of Israel, is also expected.
On the other hand, neither of the two great world powers will have their main representative in the Forum, since the US embassy will be led by Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, while China has confirmed the presence of Li Qiang, Prime Minister.