leaders from Central America and
Spain meet in San Pedro Sula
from 90 Spanish companies and more than 150 Central American
companies met in San Pedro Sula on November 16 and 17 at their
4th Annual Meeting. The forum is designed to promote business
contacts, encourage investment and foster development throughout
The event, which highlighted the benefits of doing business
in Central America for foreign investors, was born after an
official visit to Barcelona by Honduran President Ricardo Maduro
in 2003. There, he proposed that Honduras be the host for the
series of events.
The Honduran Embassy in Spain has worked hard to organize and
plan the forum, which is sponsored jointly by the Honduran government
and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. The most successful of
Spanish companies are invited to participate and open their
doors to commerce with Central America.
A result of the forums has been the signing of a technical
cooperation agreement between the Honduran Maquila Association
and the Genero de Punto Group of Cataluña. Among the
goals of the agreement is to strengthen trade ties, facilitate
the transfer of know-how and implement new technologies.
This 4th forum was divided into segments: business rounds to
promote trade; investment forums promoted by President Maduro;
and personalized meetings to facilitate contacts between individual
companies interested in doing business together.
Present at the event were the Spanish Minister of Trade and
Tourism, Pedro Mejia and former Foreign Relations Minister Marcelino
Oreja, who gave a presentation on relations between the European
Union and Central America.