On June 16, the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, spoke at the opening of the annual meeting of the Círculo de Economía, “The great reconstruction. Challenges and opportunities for business, the economy and politics”, together with the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Pere Aragonés, and the president of the entity, Javier Faus. In addition to inviting entrepreneurs to be agents of change to promote the digital and green economy and set Barcelona as an example of leadership and innovation, Ada Colau placed European funds as a great opportunity to take a leap in the objectives that the city to face the digital and climate transition, avoiding monoculture and betting on economic diversification. She also cited Wallbox as an example and a success story, a company based in Barcelona that is committed to the green, technological and high added value economy.
On the other hand, she defended that Barcelona is well positioned internationally, recalling that the rankings place it among the 20 best capitals in the world to live and work, in second position in the world in attraction of the technology sector and in the first positions of the list of more competitive cities in the field of innovation. “The world is changing, and Barcelona is well positioned to overcome the pandemic. But it is not worth doing more of the same. Barcelona, with extraordinary dynamism, must lead this transformation”, she said.
After the opening of the meeting, the session “The post-Covid world from the business perspective” was held, with the participation of José María Álvarez-Pallete, president of Telefónica; Ana Botín, executive president of Banco Santander, and Pablo Isla, president of Inditex. At the end of the day, the inaugural dinner took place, which was attended by His Majesty the King, Felipe VI, and the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae In.