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The fifteenth edition of the Economic Symposium is being held today and tomorrow at S’Agaró (Costa Brava, Girona) analyzing the Catalan, Spanish and European economies. This year’s symposium aims to focus on the current economic climate and the conditions necessary to reactivate and consolidate the economy, as well as the impact this will have on sectors like food, tourism, biomedicine, construction and new technology.

Like every year, the symposiums will include participation from the most important Catalan representatives of business, politics and academia. President of the Government of Catalonia, José Montilla, has confirmed that he will participate in the inaugural session tonight, and Minister Miguel Sebastián will close the symposium tomorrow.

Today’s session will focus on reactivating the financial sector, with speakers like the president of Deloitte Spain, Fernando Ruiz; vice-president and chief executive of Banco Santander, Alfredo Sáenz; CEO of Banc de Sabadell, Jaume Guardiola; executive director of human resources for “la Caixa”, Francesc Xavier Coll; and president of the Instituto de Crédito Oficial, Alfredo Sáenz.

Tomorrow there will be a round table on re-launching business, with representatives from key sectors like new technology (Carlos Grau, general manager of Microsoft Catalonia), biomedicine (Manel Balcells, president of the Biocat Executive Committee), food (Joan Font, general manager of the Bon Preu Group), tourism (Amancio López, president of the Hotusa Group) and human resources (Carme Mur, CEO of Manpower Spain).

The Economic Symposium is organized by the Olof Palme International Foundation, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and La Vanguardia.


Date: 1 and 2 October 2010
Place: S’Agaró Hotel • Platja de Sant Pol • S’Agaró (Girona)


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