The 2019 Concordia Europe – AmChamSpain Summit was the result of a unique partnership between Concordia and AmChamSpain. Through this unique forum, speakers, participants, and partners explored some of the most pressing issues facing Spain and the region today. Largely driven by the initiatives, projects, and interests of the Concordia membership community, the below themes indicated many priority areas of programming based on this community.
Characterized by the advances in communication and connectivity, the future of technology is once again challenging the world to examine the ways in which technology is utilized in everyday life. From the rise of social media and the Internet of Things (IoT) to the advancement of artificial intelligence and quantum computing, the world has never been more connected than it is today.
Like the United States, Europe faces a growing threat from extreme right-wing groups. Although left-wing groups and individuals also present a threat to the status quo, the far-right appears to be larger and further strengthened by sensationalist media coverage. Given the increasing polarization around social and political issues in Spain, political extremism is of particular concern.
Spain’s relationship with Latin America is economically important, politically complex and culturally close. It is all those things at the same time that transcends them, because it is part of the Spanish country’s identity. Spain cannot be understood without the community of Ibero-American nations.
Following Brexit, the future of the European Union remains unclear. With growing political fault lines and structural imbalances across the EU, there is a dire need for a new plan to emerge and shape the Union into a more connected and integrated grou
China has rapidly evolved from “the world’s factory” into a global innovation powerhouse. How can companies in Spain adapt to this shifting landscape and what role can governing bodies play in creating a level playing field for investment, commerce and trade.
Chairman, Centre of European Policy Studies (CEPS); Former Vice President, European Commission
Ambassador to Spain, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
CEO, Europa Press
Director of Global Public Affairs Strategy, Telefónica, SA
Economist; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain
Vice President, European Investment Bank
Director of Engagement, Hermes Investment Management
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