_ García-Legaz: "The external sector data provide an overview of profound change in the Spanish economy"
_ Rosell says that "we must continue encouraging our companies to go abroad" because "there is no crisis outside"
The second day of the 2013 FAES Campus, held in Guadarrama, has started this morning with the conference 'Internationalising Spanish companies' by the Deputy Minister for Trade, Jaime García-Legaz, and the President of the CEOE, Juan Rosell.
García-Legaz stressed in his speech that "external sector data provide an overview of profound change in the Spanish economy and in its ability to seek opportunities outside". For the Deputy Minister, the good performance the external sector has been experiencing "reflects a structural change in the Spanish economy": "it's not just that the situation is taking firms to seek markets outside or that economic weakness will result in a lower volume of imports, which is also happening", he said.
García-Legaz noted that exports in Spain "are growing at a rate of 7 per cent," as opposed to the trend in Europe, with rates of 1 per cent in Germany and falls in France. "Of the five major European Union countries only Spain is having a brilliant performance in its export capability", García-Legaz said.
The Deputy Minister for Trade has called in his speech for an "opening of new markets" through traditional bilateral work but especially "having a significant weight in Europe. "In this regard, he referred positively to the free trade agreements that are being developed from Brussels with Canada, Japan, North Africa and the United States.
REFORMS FOR COMPETITIVENESS
The president of the CEOE, Juan Rosell, has assessed that the internationalisation of Spanish companies is one way out of the crisis because "there is no crisis outside". "Improving the competitiveness of the Spanish economy with the reforms we are putting in place, and should undoubtedly continue to be put in place in the near future, will help Spanish companies to be much stronger and more competitive abroad".
Rosell said that "the data from the first quarter of this year are spectacular: we are exporting a lot and in many sectors", and that medium and large enterprises will have greater exporting figures in the future.
The President of businessmen noted as positive data that Spain has not lost share of exports of goods and services and that "the balance of trade with the European Union, who are our competitors, is positive." "We are on the right track and we must continue encouraging companies to go abroad because it is possible to do so", Rosell said.
Secretaría de Estado de Cooperación Internacional y para Iberoamérica