|SCC FIRST QUARTER EDITION NEWSLETTER 2022|
|Message from the President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce|
|Outgoing Chief Representative Officer of CaixaBank S.A.|
Dear SCC Members
After the seismic challenges of the past two years, businesses in every sector across South Africa need 2022 to deliver certainty for all aspects of business, support for continued recovery, and the right conditions for sustainable growth.
While a new year brings renewed optimism, for some sectors in particular, the difficulties of 2021 and 2020 have certainly not gone away. The arrival of the Omicron variant towards the end of 2022 brought further uncertainty which has placed additional pressures on hospitality and tourism, just as they were finding their feet again.
Many businesses are however still dealing with the compound impact of the past two years. So when we speak about approaching 2022 with optimism, we’re looking for opportunities in the long-term, without ignoring the reality of what it means to run a business during the present.
However, I am filled with both pride and optimism. Your continued dedication not only to your business but to your staff and the community that you operate in is nothing short of amazing.
Looking toward the rest of 2022, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce will continue to maintain lines of communication with all levels of government. We will advocate for our businesses at these tables to help move our members forward. The Chamber will continue to host business education events, along with general networking events like the golf tournaments, seminars, and celebrations. I am proud to announce that the Spanish Chamber of Commerce is growing. We have recruited 4 new interns from Spain, who will focus on opportunities for foreign direct investment for South Africa, as well as find opportunities for South African companies that would like to expand their businesses to Spain.
The Chamber will host its Annual General Meeting on the 27 May 2022, which is always a great event where members will have the opportunity of meeting the new Spanish Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr Raimundo Robredo Rubio. This year at the AGM, we will ratify a new President, as have been transferred to Australia.
As my tenure as President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in South Africa comes to an end at the beginning of March, I would like to express my utmost gratitude for allowing me to be your President. I especially want to thank my Executive Board, Board of Directors, and SCC Team. I appreciate your efforts and countless volunteer hours in promoting our business communities and Members. Our success in achieving our mission and purpose is due to all your collaborative efforts. For this, I say, thank you, all the best, and adieu!
|European Trade and Investment Breakfast - 14 February 2022|
The delegation of European business chambers and countries represented in Southern Africa hosted the European Trade and Investment Breakfast on Monday, 14 February 2022 at the Radisson Blu Granger Bay.
This breakfast explored investment and business opportunities in South Africa with the EU Ambassador to South Africa, Mrs Riina Kionka, Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC, Mr David Maynier, CEO of Wesgro, Ms Wrenelle Stander, and the Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Mr Geordin Hill-Lewis.
The event was a valuable networking opportunity to enhance cooperation. High-level representatives from the South African government, the diplomatic corps, and trade organizations were present.
|SCC Awards and Gala Dinner - 18 February 2022|
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in South Africa celebrated the achievements of the Spanish - South African business community and expanded business horizons with distinguished guests, leaders, and top achievers.
|Spanish Lunch and Learn with IE Business School - 23 February 2022|
The Spanish Lunch and Learn with IE Business School explored the topic of "COVID and its effects: the uneven recovery and the hot economy."
The hybrid session, hosted by Professor Gayle Allard, discussed the different challenges faced in 2021 by developed and emerging economies and outlined prospects for a (hopeful) post-COVID world in 2022.
|Doing Business in and with South Africa - 2 March 2022|
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Republic of South Africa was invited to a hybrid investment dialogue and conference hosted in Barcelona, Spain titled "Doing Business in and with South Africa". This hybrid event was on investment opportunities in technological innovation and digital technology. A special word of thanks to Foment del Treball Nacional for organizing the event.
Speakers and keynote addresses by:
- Mr Ernest Quingles, President of the International Commission of Foment del Treball
- Ambassador of South Africa to Spain, H.E Ms Thenjiwe Ethel Mtintso
- Ambassador of Spain to South Africa, H.E Mr Raimundo Robredo Rubio
- Ms Nuria Juan Costa, Catalonia Business ACCIO for Sub-Saharan Africa
- Mr Yunus Hoosen, Acting DDG & CEO of Invest South Africa
- Ms Gloria Serobe, Chair of Solidarity Fund and CEO Wiphold
- Mr Ramiro Sebastiao, representative of Caixa Bank in South Africa
- Mr Jose Luis Reyero, representative of Grupo Iberconsa
- Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Minister of Communication and Digital Technologies
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