Representatives of our project have attended, learned, engaged in discussions and moderated a high-level panel during the EU-CELAC Summit

On 17 and 18 July took place the third EU-CELAC Summit Business RoundTable, gathering EU leaders and leaders from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) together in Brussels. Organised by the European Commission, InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, this summit has been an opportunity to further strengthen partnerships, discussing how to achieve fair green and digital transitions and enhancing international cooperation. 

On behalf of the EU-LAC Digital Accelerator, representatives from partners TECNALIA Ventures, Caribbean Export Development Agency, and IBD Lab attended the high-level conference to learn, engaged in discussions, and moderate one of the high-level panels. It is worth mentioning the opening remarks of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, inaugurated the table and stated, “We do not just want to trade together, but we want to thrive together.” Additionally, she suggested using this Summit to shape the investment agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Project Leader Sergio Bandinelli learned valuable lessons related to the energy transition, investment in the Caribbean, and fair and digital transition. The panel, “Bridging the Gap: Unlocking Investment Potential in the Caribbean” focused on investment opportunities in the energy, tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors in the Caribbean. Deodat Maharaj, Executive Director from our partner Caribbean Export Development Agency, participated in the panel, with other keynote speakers such as Jean-Noel de Charentenay (HDF Energy), Diego Perdones (AP Moller Maersk), Warsha Sharon Sarjoe (CARICOM: Caribbean Community), Elizabeth Mena (Asociación Dominicana de Exportadores (ADOEXPO), and Lilia Burunciuc (IBRD).

Maharaj expressed that “Digitalisation is essential for the Caribbean primary sector,” and announced that his institution partners with TECNALIA in our EU-LAC Digital Accelerator project to enhance business capabilities through collaboration.

Another panel, “Linking Up: Fair Digital Transition and Last Kilometre Connectivity” focused on reducing the digital divide and social inequalities by expanding connectivity and reinforcing physical and digital infrastructure through fibre connections, mobile networks (5G), and satellite systems. This panel was introduced by High Representative Vice-President of the European Union, Josep Borrell Fontelles and Paula Bogantes, Minister of Science, Innovation, Technology, and Telecommunications of Costa Rica. From the EU-LAC Digital Accelerator, Irene Arias Hofman, CEO of partner IDB Lab, moderated the panel.

The EU-CELAC Summit and Business RoundTable provided an important opportunity for the EU-LAC Digital Accelerator to explore synergies and collaborations in both regions and to present its commitment to bridging the digital gap and fostering partnerships to generate digital business opportunities.

 

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