Detroit, MI (PRWEB) May 6, 2010
The Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Miguel Sebastián, participated in several sector meetings of the automotive and healthcare Spanish Business Forum. In both forums, Sebastián confirmed that, in spite of the crisis, Spanish companies are strengthening their presence in the United States. “The presence of Spanish companies in the U.S. market shows the maturity and competitiveness of our companies,” stated the Minister.
Sebastián also emphasized the importance of American companies investing in Spain; these companies have created more than 300,000 direct jobs and are an essential drive for research and development investment in our country.
The Head of the sector emphasized that the measures applied by Obama's administration to stimulate the economy and its sanitary reform are a great opportunity for Spanish biotechnology companies, which can provide their knowledge and experience through environmentally and economically sustainable solutions.
Afterwards, most of the speech centered on highlighting the impact of new technologies in the healthcare sector, where Spain is one of the leading countries in the implementation of electronic prescriptions and the digitalization of medical records.
Regarding the automotive sector, Miguel Sebastián reminded the efforts the Spanish Government is doing to promote Spanish companies in the United States by the Plan made in/made by Spain, which started more than a year ago by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX), under the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.
During this conference, Miguel Sebastián met with Ford and General Motors executives. More specifically, the Minister met the person in charge of Ford Electric Vehicles Department, Nancy Gioia, and with Ford's CEO, Alan Roger Mulally, and General Motors's CEO, E.E. Whitacre, and communicated the importance of the automotive sector for the Spanish Government and their support of electric vehicles.
For the Minister, this meeting with Spanish companies of the automotive sector takes place at a very important moment due to the interest of the Spanish Government in promoting a change in the production model. The automotive industry is very important for the Spanish economy and it is part of the Spanish strategic agenda to continue encouraging this sector through innovation and competitiveness.