State Secretary Manuel Muñiz highlights potential of relations with Chile following virtual visit
The Spanish State Secretary for Global Spain, Manuel Muñiz, paid a virtual visit to Chile on 7 and 8 September. The visit was focused on economic, trade and reputation affairs, and included meetings with representatives from the government departments for foreign affairs and trade, as well as the academic community.

On the first day of the visit, the Spanish State Secretary met with the Under-secretary for International Economic Relations at the Chilean Foreign Affairs Ministry, Rodrigo Yáñez. The Spanish State Secretary and Chilean Under-secretary discussed the response by their two countries to the COVID-19 pandemic and assessed the positive results from bilateral economic relations. They also examined the status of cooperation in this regard within the realms of multi-lateral forums such as the OECD. State Secretary Muñiz said “our bilateral economic relations are excellent: trade exchanges continue to grow and Spain is one of the top-three foreign investors in Chile”.

Also on the first day, the Spanish State Secretary met with the Chilean Under-secretary for Tourism, José Luis Uriarte, with whom he had the opportunity to exchange points of view and experiences on the importance of this sector for Chile and Spain. To conclude the first day of this virtual visit, the Spanish State Secretary spoke with the Board of Directors of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Spain and its Chairman, Carlos Molina Zaldívar, to whom he conveyed recognition of the importance of Spanish companies in Chile, as well as the significance for the Spanish business fabric of the legal certainty provided by this South American country. In this regard, the Spanish State Secretary said “Chile is one of the most highly valued economies in Ibero-America. The robust nature of its institutions is a fundamental asset for economic growth and the opening up of foreign trade, as it is for Spain”.

On the following day, State Secretary Muñiz took the opportunity to attend a virtual meeting with the Executive Director of the Imagen de Chile Foundation, Constanza Cea, and the Director of the European Studies Programme at the University of Concepción, Paulina Astroza. These meetings focused on issues related to the reputation and country image of Spain and Chile, and especially the challenges in this regard brought about by the pandemic. Finally, the State Secretary took part in a conversation with representatives from the University of Concepción about European current affairs.


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