LA FEDERACIÓN DE CÁMARAS OFICIALES DE COMERCIO DE ESPAÑA EN EUROPA, ÁFRICA, ASIA Y OCEANÍA, FEDECOM, RENUEVA SU JUNTA DIRECTIVA Y ANUNCIA NUEVAS INCORPORACIONES.

LA FEDERACIÓN DE CÁMARAS OFICIALES DE COMERCIO DE ESPAÑA EN EUROPA, ÁFRICA, ASIA Y OCEANÍA, FEDECOM, RENUEVA SU JUNTA DIRECTIVA Y ANUNCIA NUEVAS INCORPORACIONES.

Madrid, 25 de febrero de 2021

La Asamblea General Ordinaria de la Federación de Cámaras Oficiales de Comercio de España en Europa, África, Asia y Oceanía (FEDECOM) aprobó por unanimidad en reunión virtual un segundo mandato del Presidente Eduardo Barrachina, a su vez Presidente de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en el Reino Unido.  Del mismo modo, se eligieron las vicepresidencias de Europa, África y Oriente Medio y Asia y Oceanía. Para Europa fue elegido José Michel García, quien compaginará la vicepresidencia de Europa con la Presidencia de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en Francia, para África y Oriente Medio ha sido renovado en su cargo Guillermo Cobelo, Presidente de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos, y para Asia y Oceanía, ha renovado también su cargo María José Rodríguez, Presidente de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en Australia.

Para la Secretaría General de la Federación se incorpora Yolanda Gimeno, Secretario General de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en Italia.

Por primera vez en la historia de la Federación, se han constituido tres vicepresidencias para dinamizar FEDECOM y abordar los retos que la Junta Directiva se ha puesto. Sobre la nueva Junta Directiva, Eduardo Barrachina ha dicho que “Basta ver las trayectorias y perfiles de los tres Vicepresidentes y del Secretario General para darse cuenta en el acto de que se trata de un equipo extraordinario de profesionales con una amplia experiencia en el sistema cameral internacional”.

Con esta nueva Junta Directiva Fedecom adopta una postura mucho más estratégica y sofisticada a la hora de coordinar todas las iniciativas en una Federación de cámaras que cubre cuatro continentes.

La apertura en los dos últimos años de cuatro nuevas Cámaras Oficiales en India, República Checa, Singapur y Senegal, refuerza la labor y el importante apoyo que FEDECOM y las Cámaras Oficiales que la componen, prestan en beneficio de los intereses generales españoles en el país en que radica y en el fomento de las exportaciones y de las inversiones españolas en mercados claves para España. Con las nuevas incorporaciones, FEDECOM reúne ya a 23 Cámaras Oficiales de Comercio de España, reconocidas por el Estado Español y establecidas en Europa, África, Asia y Oceanía: Alemania, Australia, Bélgica y Luxemburgo, Casablanca, Catar, República Checa, Corea, Emiratos Árabes Unidos, Filipinas, Francia, Hong Kong, India, Italia, Japón, Malta, Portugal, Reino Unido, Senegal, Singapur, Sudáfrica, Tánger y Túnez.

FEDECOM refleja el dinamismo de la empresa española y es un instrumento de inteligencia económica clave en la internalización de la empresa española y la acción exterior del Estado.  La principal misión de FEDECOM, asociación internacional sin ánimo de lucro, consiste en la defensa de los intereses generales de sus Cámaras asociadas y empresas que las componen, la información sobre instrumentos adecuados para el buen desarrollo de sus actividades, la colaboración con la Cámara de España, así como relaciones con otras instituciones internacionales. Las Cámaras de Comercio Españolas en el exterior pertenecen a la red global de Cámaras de Comercio que impulsa y coordina la Cámara de España.

“Nuestra interlocución y coordinación con la Cámara de España y la Secretaría de Estado de Comercio es muy estrecha y constante. La creación de las tres vicepresidencias nos permitirá trabajar de un modo más eficaz”, ha dicho Barrachina.

Con la elección de la nueva Junta Directiva de Fedecom, Barrachina ha puesto en valor la extraordinaria relación que existe entre el Gobierno (a través de la Secretaría de Estado de Comercio), Cámara de Comercio de España y el resto de cámaras de comercio en el exterior.  El Presidente de FEDECOM ha aprovechado para recordar a los presentes los proyectos de futuro en los que está trabajando la Federación: la digitalización de estas instituciones para acercar la red de Cámaras a todos sus usuarios, el desarrollo de un mapa de servicios para colaborar con la Administración Pública española en su acción exterior y la mejora en la comunicación y visibilidad para poner en valor el trabajo que hace la institución y crear más oportunidades.

En FEDECOM se trabaja por las empresas españolas desde Lisboa a Sidney pasando por Londres, Rabat, Dubai, Nueva Delhi o Manila. Nunca se han hecho tantas cosas, pero -ante todo- nunca con tanta coordinación y de forma tan alineada con las necesidades de España que pasan ineludiblemente por que la internacionalización vuelva a ser un motor de la recuperación de la economía española.

Eduardo Barrachina, Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio de España en el Reino Unido, es Asociado Senior en el bufete White & Case y ejerce como Solicitor en Londres asesorando a grandes empresas en operaciones financieras internacionales. Eduardo estudió Derecho en la Universidad de Barcelona y la University of Sheffield (2001). Obtuvo con Merit el Máster (LLM) en Derecho Internacional de las Finanzas por el King’s Colllege University de Londres (2005).

Guillermo Cobelo, Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos, es CEO regional de Técnicas Reunidas para Oriente Medio. Ingeniero de Caminos y licenciado en Administración y Dirección de Empresas, comenzó su carrera profesional en el sector de la ingeniería ferroviaria, durante el desarrollo de la red de alta velocidad española y en 2012 entró en Técnicas Reunidas en el departamento de contratos corporativos.

José Michel García, Presidente de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en Francia, es Socio director de Antelis, despacho de abogados franco-español. Titular de master 2 en derecho mercantil y economía por la Universidad Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Abogado desde 1988, colegiado en Paris y Madrid.

María José Rodríguez, Presidente de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en Australia, país donde reside desde el 2011. Jefa de Desarrollo de Negocios de ACCIONA Construcción Australia, es responsable de liderar nuevas oportunidades de negocio en el sector infraestructuras.  Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos y Master en Ingeniería Ambiental, cuenta con una amplia experiencia en la industria de construcción e infraestructuras.

Yolanda Gimeno, Secretaria General de la Cámara Oficial de Comercio de España en Italia. BA (Hons) Degree y Título Superior en Administración y Dirección de Empresas y AMP por el IESE Business School. Previa a su experiencia en la Cámara, trabajó diez años en Merrill Lynch en gestión de patrimonios y renta variable en las oficinas de Londres.

LaLiga and Wakatake Group join forces in Japan

LaLiga and Wakatake Group join forces in Japan

The SpCCJ`s Corporate Members will work together on the development of grassroots football and coaches training in the Asian country until June 2022, thanks to an agreement that makes Wakatake Group the first official partner of LaLiga in Japan.

Wakatake Group and LaLiga have announced the agreement by which the Japanese company becomes an official partner of the Spanish championship for the development of grassroots football and the training of coaches in Japan until June 2022.

This alliance will initially have three defined projects. The first will be a virtual training of players and coaches, which will be carried out by the heads of the LaLigay sports projects department and the methodology directors of three LaLigaSantander clubs: Villarreal CF, Athletic Club and SD Eibar. This training program will take place during the first three weeks of December.

In a second stage, several LaLiga’s coaches will travel to Japan to carry out clinics with players and presential training courses with local coaches, which will be the continuation of the online program of the first phase. Finally, a selected group of players will travel to Spain for a special training stage.

“The agreement was born with three defined projects and we are convinced that new synergies and opportunities for collaboration will arise between LaLiga and Wakatake Group. Japan is one of the benchmark countries in Asian football and LaLiga, as one of the main competitions worldwide, wants to contribute to its growth”, Juan Florit, head of LaLiga’s Sports Projects department, said.

“This alliance is a great opportunity to continue bringing to Japanese fans the excellence and passion that inspires them in Spanish football. For Wakatake Group, it is a pride to collaborate with a benchmark competition like LaLiga and we are sure that this program, with a solid training pillar, will provide participants with great development experiences, both on and off the field”, Takeshi Inawaka, CEO of Wakatake Group, stated.

With this agreement, LaLiga takes a further step in its internationalization strategy, focused on increasing the presence of LaLiga and its clubs at a global level while supporting the development of local football thanks to multiple collaboration agreements with official organizations and leading companies in sectors such as technology or training.

For its part, Wakatake Group, with more than 15 years of experience, joins LaLiga’s efforts in Japan, a strategic country in the region that shares numerous historical ties with Spain and where LaLiga has, since 2017, a delegate focused on bringing Japanese fans closer to the Spanish playing fields.

The SpCCJ grants the Spain Japan Business Contribution Awards 2020 to Japan Airlines and Amadeus

The SpCCJ grants the Spain Japan Business Contribution Awards 2020 to Japan Airlines and Amadeus

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SpCCJ) announced the winners of its fifth “Spain Japan Business Contribution Awards (SJBCA)”, on Friday, 13 November 2020 at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo, in the presence of the H.E. Ambassador of Spain to Japan, Jorge Toledo Albiñana.

Established in 2016 by the committee of the SpCCJ to recognise successful business relations between Spain and Japan, SJBCA has become one of the most important events among the Spain Japan business community in Japan.

In this fifth year, the SpCCJ presented for the first time “the joint award” to Japan Airlines (JAL) and Amadeus IT Group S.A. (Amadeus) for making outstanding contributions to Spain Japan commercial relationship through their partnership agreement signed last year in 2019. The award trophies were presented to Ms. Hoshiko Nakano, Deputy Vice President – Managing Division Passenger Sales, International Passenger Sales, Senior Vice President – Eastern Japan of JAL, and Mr. Kai Gerrit Jacobsen, Vice President of Amadeus Japan.

With the new agreement between JAL and Amadeus, JAL will benefit from enhanced technology as Amadeus becomes JAL’s recommended distribution partner in the Japanese market. Amadeus’ global network of travel sellers will have access to a broader range of JAL’s content, including the full range of international, as well as preferred and negotiated fares. All of this content will be available for travel sellers to shop, book and service through the Amadeus Travel Platform.  

In addition, as JAL uses Amadeus’ passenger service system, Amadeus-connected travel agents will enjoy real-time, accurate and efficient information sharing with complete visibility of the airline’s inventory; all designed to enable travel sellers to deliver even greater customer service.

“The SpCCJ believes this joint award to JAL and Amadeus will encourage and strengthen the business relations between Spain and Japan and initiate new business opportunities. 2020 has been a difficult year for all, especially for the travel industry. It is very encouraging to see that companies are planning and looking for opportunities beyond the pandemic”, commented Guillermo Gutierrez, the President of the SpCCJ.

The Award Ceremony and the Reception was held at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo, with 70 distinguished guests from Spain Japan business community. Guests enjoyed dinner inspired by flavour of Spain, which was specially prepared by the Executive Chef, Kenji Miura, and excellent Spanish cava and wine provided by five Spanish brands for pairing with each dish.

The SJBCA was supported by a wide range of SpCCJ member companies, with CVNE, Freixenet, Felix Solis, Garcia Carrion, Torres generously sponsored excellent Spanish cava and wine, Solan de Cabras provided iconic Spanish mineral water, new comer to Japanese market Vidal provided Spanish gummies for table surprise, the MotoGP’s Dorna invited each awardees to MotoGP VIP Village in Motegi Grand Prix next year, and long-time supporter Lladró sponsored beautiful trophies of Gallop for awardees with the wish for the Spain Japan business to continue growing as fast as gallop.

Comments from award recipients

JAL
Japan Airlines (JAL) reinforced partnership with Amadeus in 2019 on an extended distribution and IT agreement, and Amadeus became JAL’s recommended distribution partner in the Japanese market.

As JAL relies on Amadeus’ passenger service system, Amadeus-connected travel agents can enjoy real-time, accurate and efficient information sharing with complete visibility of the airline’s inventory; thanks to Amadeus to enable travel sellers to deliver even greater customer service.

AMADEUS

We are honored to receive this award, recognizing Amadeus’ contribution to the strong relations between Spain and Japan in business. Japan Airlines is a longstanding and valued customer, and we are proud to support JAL with our world-class technology to power the airline’s distribution and passenger processes. Together with customers such as Japan Airlines, we are working to implement innovative technology and collaborative partnerships to support the industry on its path to recovery.

List of SJBCA winners

2016 LaLiga

2017 Rakuten, Inc.

2018 Gestamp Autotech Japan

2019 FAST RETAILING CO., LTD.

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SpCCJ) was established in 2016 to provide a unified voice and strengthen business relations between Spain and Japan. The SpCCJ became an official entity in April 2017 with recognition by both the Japanese Ministry of Economy (METI), Trade and Industry and the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO). The SpCCJ is a part of CAMACOES, the network of Spanish Chamber of Commerce in overseas, and also a stakeholder of EBC (European Business Council).

A conversation with CHANEL Japan CEO, Guillermo Gutierrez

A conversation with CHANEL Japan CEO, Guillermo Gutierrez

Our first in person seminar since February, “A conversation with CHANEL Japan CEO, Guillermo Gutierrez” was held on 23 October.

As a Spanish national having lived in Japan for many years and working for a large international corporation, Guillermo shared his wealth of experience with the participants from both Spanish and French Chamber of Commerce.

After the talk session, people enjoyed mingling with other guests including with Guillermo himself.

Perspectivas España – Japón 2021

Perspectivas España – Japón 2021

Muchas gracias a Jorge Toledo, Embajador de España en Japón, a Fernando Hernández, Consejero Económico y Comercial de la Embajada de España en Japón y a Guillermo Gutierrez, Presidente de la (SpCCJ) Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan por compartir con nuestros miembros su visión sobre el estado y el futuro de las relaciones politicas, económicas y empresariales en el panel Perspectivas España – Japon.

Jorge Calvo, PhD, ha sido un placer tenerte como moderador del evento. Muchísimas gracias por aceptar nuestra propuesta.

Extraordinary Meeting of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Extraordinary Meeting of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

  • Las empresas de la Cámara de España constatan la coincidencia en el diagnóstico de la situación y piden que se aborden las soluciones necesarias desde el consenso.
  • Los Presidentes de BBVA, Banco Santander, HP, Iberdrola, Indra y Telefónica comparten con la Vicepresidenta del Gobierno sus propuestas de actuación ante la crisis económica.

Madrid, 03/09/20.- La vicepresidenta tercera del Gobierno y ministra de Asuntos Económicos y Transformación Digital, Nadia Calviño, ha apelado a la unidad de acción frente a la crisis económica y social derivada de la pandemia de la COVID-19. “El diagnóstico de la situación es compartido, como también las recetas para hacerle frente. Es más lo que une a la sociedad española que lo que le separa y eso debe reflejarse también en la política. Es el momento de la unidad, de arrimar el hombro”, ha afirmado la Vicepresidenta del Gobierno.

Durante su intervención en el Pleno Extraordinario de la Cámara de Comercio de España, Calviño ha subrayado el papel fundamental que deben jugar las Cámaras de Comercio – a las que ha pedido colaboración en esta etapa de reconstrucción- en el proceso de transformación digital y en la internacionalización, particularmente de las pymes “La transformación digital de las pequeñas y medianas empresas constituye la más importante reforma estructural  que tenemos por delante y tenemos que acelerarla e intensificarla de manera exponencial”, ha subrayado Calviño.

La transición digital, junto a la transición ecológica, la formación y la internacionalización han sido algunas de las cuestiones que han centrado el debate sobre propuestas de actuación ante la crisis económica y los principales desafíos y prioridades que deben plantearse en la etapa de reconstrucción, protagonizado por los Presidentes de BBVA, Banco Santander, HP, Iberdrola, Indra y Telefónica.

Las empresas participantes han coincidido tanto en el diagnóstico, como en la apelación a la necesaria unidad de acción para superar la crisis.

Así, la presidenta de Banco Santander, Ana Botín, ha afirmado que “hay un gran consenso sobre los principios en los que debe sustentarse la recuperación: que el futuro está en Europa y que queremos una economía más sostenible, inclusiva, digital y feminista. A partir de aquí lo que hay que debatir es cómo se ejecuta la reconstrucción y, en mi opinión, debe basarse en cuatro aspectos. Que los proyectos tengan un efecto multiplicador, que estén apoyados sobre el liderazgo empresarial, la capilaridad de las ayudas y la gobernanza para que haya responsabilidad”.

Otro aspecto coincidente en las intervenciones de los distintos ponentes ha sido la necesidad de transformar esta crisis en una oportunidad para cambiar el modelo económico español.

Ignacio Sánchez Galán, presidente de Iberdrola, ha incidido en la transición ecológica. “La inversión en la economía verde no tiene solo que ver con energía, sino que presenta grandes ventajas estructurales por su carácter transversal: mejora la competitividad económica de nuestro país, nuestra balanza de pagos y nuestra autonomía energética; reduce nuestras emisiones y nuestra contaminación, e impulsa la electrificación de usos energéticos con un importante efecto tractor en sectores como la climatización o el transporte”, ha asegurado Galán.

Por su parte, el presidente de Indra, Fernando Abril-Martorell, ha puesto el acento en la necesidad de la economía española de ganar en competitividad y mejorar su productividad: “La tecnología le da la oportunidad a España de hacer un ‘reset’ industrial y relocalizar capacidades”, ha aseverado.

La transición digital ha ocupado una buena parte del diálogo entre las empresas, coincidentes también en cómo la digitalización ha cobrado especial relevancia en la excepcional situación que estamos viviendo.

El presidente de Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, ha puesto de manifiesto el liderazgo que ejerce España entre las infraestructuras digitales de toda Europa, con la red más extensa de fibra óptica y el reciente lanzamiento del 5G, que Telefónica llevará al 75 por ciento de la población este mismo año. Ha recalcado que “hoy es más necesario que nunca imaginar cómo va a ser la nueva sociedad digital y coger lo mejor. Por ello, en julio presentamos nuestro Pacto Digital, para anticiparnos a la transición digital y liderarla”. 

El Presidente de BBVA, Carlos Torres Vila, ha prestado especial atención a la importancia de la digitalización para las pymes: “El papel de los bancos en la crisis ha sido clave, amplificando el efecto del dinero público. En el medio-largo plazo, tenemos que abrazar de una manera acelerada el cambio hacia un modelo productivo basado en las nuevas tecnologías y en el uso eficiente de los datos. La digitalización facilita a las pymes la eficiencia en los procesos productivos. Por ejemplo, la computación en la nube les abre un mundo nuevo. Tenemos que trabajar en montar a las pymes en esa ola, combinando reformas e inversión”.

Por su parte, la Presidenta de HP para España, Portugal, Francia e Italia, Helena Herrero, ha enfatizado la incidencia de la digitalización en la internacionalización. “La globalización es imparable pero tras la pandemia va a ser diferente. Más digital, más sostenible y más centrada en las personas”, ha dicho Herrero, quien ha propuesto que “como país tenemos que luchar por tener y atraer centros estratégicos con impacto global, apostar por el talento y crear ecosistemas digitales, trabajando de la mano pymes y multinacionales”.

El papel de las Cámaras de Comercio

El presidente de la Cámara de España, José Luis Bonet, ha reiterado la disposición de las empresas a colaborar con los poderes públicos en la salida de la crisis y el papel fundamental que debe desempeñar la Cámara de España y la red cameral, que por su capilaridad es un instrumento fundamental del Gobierno para que las ayudas europeas lleguen al conjunto del tejido productivo. “Hemos de hacer frente a la situación con decisión, coraje, determinación y visión de futuro, sin dejar a nadie atrás, velando por las personas, por supuesto, pero también por las empresas que son la pieza clave para la recuperación, la creación de empleo y el crecimiento de la economía”, ha afirmado Bonet.

En el mismo sentido se ha manifestado el presidente de la Cámara de Valencia y del Consejo de Cámaras de la Comunidad Valenciana, José Vicente Morata, que ha incidido en que la capilaridad y cercanía al tejido productivo del sistema cameral “necesarias para trasladar las políticas públicas al ámbito privado. Y, además, de forma rápida y eficaz, que es precisamente lo que se requiere en la situación actual”.

Por su parte el presidente de la Cámara de Granada, Gerardo Cuerva, ha insistido en la necesidad de contar con el conjunto de la sociedad para llevar a cabo las reformas necesarias y muy particularmente en lo que se refiere a la digitalización. “Si queremos triunfar en el proceso de transición digital, hay que acordarse de las personas”, ha afirmado.

Original: https://www.camara.es/pleno-extraordinario-camara-espana-nadia-calvino

Paralliance webinar: Paralympics – one year to go!

Paralliance webinar: Paralympics – one year to go!

Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Almost 120 guests and members of the Paralliance, an up-coming coalition of 20 chambers of commerce in Japan in support of diversity and inclusion, have celebrated the one-year countdown to the Paralympic Games by participating in a webinar presented by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ). On the occasion of passing this milestone, Mr. Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and Mr. Yasushi Yamawaki, Tokyo 2020 Vice President and IPC Governing Board member, talked about the preparations and prospects for the Paralympics in the summer of 2021. Mr. Craig Spence, IPC Chief Brand & Communications Officer, and BCCJ Vice President Ms. Alison Beale moderated the webinar.

Paralliance webinar: Paralympics – one year to go!
The logo of the up-coming coalition of 20 Chambers of Commerce in Japan in support of diversity and inclusion.

“Right decision was taken”

IPC President Parsons joined the webinar from his home country Brazil and started by stating his regret about not being in Japan now. “Today, we would have been at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo to open the Paralympic Games,” he said. “But we were not able to offer a safe environment to our athletes.” Hence, the postponement was the right decision, although most of the IPC staff was first shocked and then “kind of frustrated”. “They felt they had spent seven years in vain to construct the most complicated jigsaw puzzle for delivering the best games ever,” he recounted the feelings on March 24 when the decision was taken.

After this review, Mr. Parsons voiced his hope that the coronavirus will be under control in one year. “In 365 days, we will be celebrating and it will become a special moment for humanity”, he exclaimed. Until then, a lot of work has to be done again, though. The Japanese IPC board member Mr. Yamawaki joined the conversation from Tokyo and reported that more than 1,000 contracts had to be renegotiated one by one to minimize the cost for each party. “It was like starting from zero again,” he said. IPC President Parsons chipped in and mentioned the IPC’s 300 contracts. “We needed to balance our cash flow because we have to support 182 National Paralympic Committees and the staff of our headquarters in Germany.

Scaled-down games

One consequence of the new situation: “We will reduce the scale of the game, even if a vaccine is found until then,” the IPC president announced. The safety and well-being of the athletes have to be ensured, but everything else could be scaled down. “We are cutting everything that is not fundamental, there will be no luxuries, and all this will apply also to the future games,” he promised. But the top official of the Paralympic Games also expressed his optimism that there will be no further delay. “We need to work as if the games are going ahead, and I have no doubts that the postponed games will still be special.”

Moderator Craig Spence asked the two speakers about the legacy of the postponed Tokyo Paralympics. Mr. Yamawaki answered from Tokyo that the Games may mark the moment that Covid-19 is overcome. Also, the awareness in Japan for Para sports would have risen dramatically. Almost half of the population could now recognize a single Para sport athlete. Also, 99% of all train stations have been rebuilt for the needs of people with disabilities. “The children in 36,000 primary and secondary schools have learned about an inclusive society during the last four years,” Mr. Yamawaki told the webinar viewers. “They will become the future leaders in creating an inclusive society in Japan.” Usually, parents teach children, but the process has been reversed: Children would now teach their parents about inclusion. “This will be one of the biggest legacies of these games and may have the largest impact on attitudes towards people with disabilities,” the IPC official stated.

Essential business support

Reacting to a question by the moderator, the IPC president talked about the support the Paralympic Games have received from the business community. “In Japan, this environment has been amazing,” he stated. For example, two airlines and two financial groups would be sponsoring the Paralympics at the same time. “What do we want to achieve? We want to change the world,” he added. “Ten days of Para sports will become the catalyst to bring inclusion to Japanese society.” Mr. Parsons pointed to the “Inclusion Summit” as a platform for business leaders to discuss the acceptance of disability into the corporate world.

The webinar viewers heard about the dream of the Paralympics’ founder – that every disabled person in the world could become a taxpayer. “Hence, we need to provide more opportunities and change the mindset of people,” the IPC president said. During the Q&A session, he gave the following advice to the foreign business community in Japan: “Get involved, employ more people with disability, and think how your business can become more inclusive,” he said. “For example, if you own a restaurant, put in a ramp, or do anything to make the life of a person with a disability easier.”

Biographies of the speakers

Andrew Parsons has been President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Paralympic Movement’s global governing body, since September 2017. Upon election, Andrew made strengthening the IPC’s relationship with the IOC a top priority. In October 2018 Andrew was elected an IOC member. He also represents the IPC in the IOC Coordination Commissions for Tokyo 2020 and LA 2028. Andrew is also a member of the IOC Marketing Commission and sits on the Board of Directors for the Olympic Channel and on the WADA Foundation Board.

Yasushi Yamawaki has been a board member of the International Paralympic Committee since 2013 and a Vice President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games since 2014. He is also the Chairman of the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center (2015-present), a councilor at the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) (2015-present) During his professional career, Mr. Yamawaki worked at Nippon Yusen (NYK Line) and rose to become the executive Vice-Chairman from 2008 to 2011).

Text: Martin Fritz for SCCIJ

Visit Ishigaki with Yoitabi Travel

Visit Ishigaki with Yoitabi Travel

While keeping an eye on the numbers and standing firm on the safety measures and recommendations, the Japanese Government has finally started the reactivation of the travel and hospitality industry.

Following this line, we have really great news for all the beach lovers. Our Corporate Member Yoitabi Travel has launched a special package to visit one of the most beautiful islands of the Okinawa archipelago, Ishigaki Island.

Did you know that Tripadvisor named Ishigaki Island the world’s hottest spot back in 2018? Ishigakijima is well-known for its surrounding coral reefs, their famed manta rays and some of the most beautiful sunsets of Japan.

If you would like to know more details about this package, do not hesitate to contact Yoitabi Travel through their contact email: 

info@yoitabitravel.com

Package Details

Duration: 4 days. 3 nights
Economy Flight Tickets 
Accommodation: 5* Hotel (breakfast included)
Private transfers from/to the airport
Leisure Activities: Island Hoping, Snorkeling Tour, Sunset BBQ cruise…  

OCTOBER
From ¥121,500 /PAX (995€ /Pax)  

SEPTEMBER
From ¥135,200 /PAX (1,095€ /Pax)  

AUGUST
From ¥166,200 /PAX (1,345€ /Pax)  

At Yoitabi Travel they are committed to create alternative, individualized and responsible travel experiences, so do not hesitate to contact them regarding Ishigaki package but also if you would like to design your own personalized experience. 

Security Threats in this New World

Security Threats in this New World

On 9 June the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan organised an online seminar inviting Gerard Salvador López, Senior Cloud Transformation Specialist at IBM to hear what is currently happening in the world of IT from a cyber-security perspective.

2020 will be remembered as the biggest remote working experiment in the history of mankind. With almost a third of the world’s population locked down, businesses and industries are trying to face this new reality asking their employees to work from home. Just as an example, Zoom is now worth more than the sum of the 5 biggest airlines in the US.

However, the larger the IT infrastructure is, the higher the likelihood of having vulnerabilities. Covid-19 has changed the security landscape enormously and, probably, forever. Just to give you an example, there has seen an increase of 14.000% in spam and phishing.

Passionate about the potential of technology and the risks of it, Gerard Salvador López has worked as a Cloud Strategist at Siemens in Belgium, lead the Engineers Without Borders NGO, hosted a TEDx event and wrote a book about the future of technology, “Too tech to fail”. He holds an Engineering Degree and a Master in Business Administration at Vlerick Business School in Belgium. For more information, you can take a look into his website: www.gerardsl.com.

Managing through the maelstrom

Managing through the maelstrom

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SpCCJ) together with the Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ) in a joint effort invited on Friday 29 May, partners and directors of the Japan member firm of Deloitte to share with our members, their perspective related to doing business in Japan during the COVID-19 emergency.

Evolution of a crisis, relief measures, financial reporting matters, technology vision and vulnerabilities and command strategies were some of the topics covered in this interesting and useful sesion.

A big thank you to our 5 speakers from Deloitte and to all the attendants for joining us during lunch time!

The New Normal: How can we ensure a safe and secure environment? – Biological Passport: Access to a COVID-19 free society

The New Normal: How can we ensure a safe and secure environment? – Biological Passport: Access to a COVID-19 free society

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, our way of life has changed drastically. How can we tell places you visit or people you meet are COVID free? How will companies protect their employees and create a safe workplace?

Applying tests for every single person will be a must in the New Normal Society? Will we all have an easy access to these newly developed medical kits soon?

 On May 19, Andy Chang, APAC Regional Senior Director of our Corporate Member IGENOMIX offered us answers to these questions and many others in a webinar session specially organised for the SpCCJ Members.

Igenomix is a Spanish reproductive and fertility bio-tech company, which has been working on COVID-19 testing for private usage, by applying their know-how in genetics. Igenomix has recently launched the FDA-EUA approved COVID-19 RT-PCR Test and also introduced the Igenomix Biological Passport, a combination of new COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic test and a COVID-19 serological antibody test.

2nd Online CEO Round Table Discussion – Session 2

2nd Online CEO Round Table Discussion – Session 2

As the COVID-19 pandemic is globally expanding and having economic and financial impacts, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan organied the 2nd online CEO round table Discussion to create a platphone, where the CEOs & Managing Directors of our Corporate members could exchange information and ideas.

Atendants: Hernandez-Echevarria, Orto Group, Nishibi, Novajika, Mormedi.

This time we invited the Economic and Comercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain to Japan, Fernando Hernandez to the session.

2nd Online CEO Round Table Discussion – Session 1

2nd Online CEO Round Table Discussion – Session 1

As the COVID-19 pandemic is globally expanding and having economic and financial impacts, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan organied the 2nd online CEO round table Discussion to create a platphone, where the CEOs & Managing Directors of our Corporate members could exchange information and ideas.

Atendants: Amadeus, Chanel, Iberia, Gestamp, Grupo Antolin, Grupo Freixenet & J. Garcia Carrion.

This time we invited the Economic and Comercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain to Japan, Fernando Hernandez to the session.

After the Pandemic

After the Pandemic

On 22 April our Corporate member Ie University organised in colaboration with the Spanish Chambers of Commerce network in Asia, an online seminar inviting Enrique Dans, Professor of Innovation at IE University.

What will the world look like after the pandemic? The question, increasingly, is no longer whether we will return to normal after the pandemic, but whether we really want to return to normal. Labor, the environment, the economy, education and healthcare are just five examples of things that should change after this crisis. Are we really sure that we want to go ‘back to normal’ after the pandemic? Did we like that ‘normality’ so much? And since we have managed to make a clean break with it… why not take advantage and move on to something better?

Professor Enrique Dans has a Bachelor in Science from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, an MBA from Instituto de Empresa and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from UCLA.

Asia – Pacific Regional Economic Outlook – COVID-19

Asia – Pacific Regional Economic Outlook – COVID-19

The Asia Pacific Region is the most dynamic of the global economy with a stable high growth forecast. However, the lingering impact of the coronavirus outbreak raises the uncertainty in the area.

The Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Singapore jointly organize a webinar for their members to better understand the respective countries’ economies in relation to CoVid-19.

Moderator

Barbara Apraiz, Executive Director, Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Philippines

Speakers

  • Cristina Teijelo, Economic and Commercial Counselor, Embassy of Spain to China (Hong Kong)
  • Fernando Hernández Jimenez-Casquet, Economic and Commercial Counselor, Embassy of Spain to Japan
  • Alejandro Nieto, Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Spain to South Korea
  • Pedro Pascual, Economic and Commercial Counselor, Embassy of Spain to Philippines
  • Jose Maria Blanco, Economic and Commercial Counselor, Embassy of Spain to Singapore

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 21st April 2020
Place: Zoom Online Webinar
Time: 18:00 – 19:30 JST
Language: English
Members Only

Online CEO round table Discussion

Online CEO round table Discussion

As the COVID-19 pandemic is globally expanding and having economic and financial impacts, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan organized an online CEO round table Discussion to offer a suitable atmosphere where the CEOs & Managing Directors of our Corporate members could exchange information and ideas.

Atendants: Amadeus Japan, Chanel, CVNE, Dorna, Franchir, Freixenet Japan, Grupo Antolín, Hernandez-Echevarria, IE University, Igenomix Japan, J. García Carrion, Mormedi, Novajika, Orto Group, Solan de Cabras, Solarig, Videl Golosinas, Yoitabi Travel.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Place: Microsoft Teams
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 JST
Language: English
Corporate Members Only

Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Godiva & CVNE

Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Godiva & CVNE

What a fun night of CVNE – Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España‘s Spanish Wine & Godiva Chocolatier’s Belgian Chocolate pairing! After the opening speeches of Godiva’s CEO Jerome Chouchan and CVNE/ Mikuni Wine’s Country ManagerMaría Varela Martín, the guests from the Spanish and Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber enjoyed a mariage of Godiva’s White Day Selection created by Senior Chef Chocolatier Chevolleau Yannick and CVNE wine selected for each chocolate by WSET Diploma Holder/ Sommelier Takaaki Kosaka DipWSET. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to CVNE, Godiva for giving us such a great experience and to all the guests for participating the event.

TTTapas Night with Conde de Caralt

TTTapas Night with Conde de Caralt

Many thanks for those who attended our Shinnenkai – Third Tuesday Tapas Night yesterday at Marisqueria SOL. We were delighted to be able to kick off the year with this full house event! I hope you all enjoyed the night seeing your old friends and meeting the new ones!

We would also like to thank Conde de Caralt for their kind support as always! Their kampai cava was so delicious! Big congrats to the raffle winners Taka-san and Vanessa-san.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the next one! Stay tuned????