Mes­sage of H.E Mr. Javier CAR­BA­JOSA SÁNCHEZ

The Diplomatic Insight - - National Day of the Kingdom of Spain -

On the coming Oc­to­ber 12, Na­tional Day of Spain will be cel­e­brated, which marks the spe­cial his­tor­i­cal re­la­tion­ship that Spain has for cen­turies with the Amer­i­can Con­ti­nent. On the oc­ca­sion of this date, I would like to con­vey a mes­sage of af­fec­tion and friend­ship to the peo­ple of Pak­istan, from the government and the peo­ple of Spain. Re­la­tions be­tween Spain and Pak­istan have al­ways been very cor­dial and have ex­isted since 1951. The Em­bassy of Spain in Pak­istan opened its doors in 1952, has re­mained open through­out th­ese years, and has al­ways tried to pro­mote the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and trade re­la­tion­ships, as well as other cul­tural, aca­demic etc, that re­sult in bet­ter un­der­stand­ing and in­creased ties be­tween our two coun­tries.From my re­cent ar­rival in this coun­try in midJuly, and in the course of my con­tacts with both the government and the Pak­istani so­ci­ety, I have clearly de­tected a flow of sym­pa­thy and friend­ship, to­wards ev­ery­thing Span­ish. From this per­spec­tive, the Span­ish Em­bassy will work with re­dou­bled in­ten­sity to trans­late into con­crete and tan­gi­ble terms the po­ten­tial pos­si­bil­i­ties of re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.I gather that this spe­cial warmth coming from Pak­istan to­wards Spain is a re­sult of many fac­tors. I guess that Span­ish success in sports, the echoes of a large Pak­istani com­mu­nity in Spain or his­tor­i­cal links be­tween Spain and Is­lam have some­thing to do with it. As for Pak­ista­nis liv­ing in Spain, this com­mu­nity is over 100,000 peo­ple, who have been well in­te­grated into the so­ci­ety and con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity in which they live bring­ing its own cul­tural rich­ness and di­ver­sity, as it hap­pens in the glob­al­ized world of to­day. There are also numer­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties be­tween Spain and Pak­istan to en­large our com­mer­cial and eco­nom­i­cal re­la­tions. Let me re­mind you that, de­spite the se­ri­ous eco­nomic prob­lems many coun­tries of the "Eu­ro­zone" face (and Spain is no ex­cep­tion), the Span­ish econ­omy is still in terms of GDP, the fourth largest econ­omy in the Eu­ro­zone and the fifth largest in Europe. In this con­text, the work of Span­ish com­pa­nies abroad, con­trib­ute sub­stan­tially to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Spain's pro­gram of eco­nomic re­cov­ery. Let­me­of­fer some ex­am­ples: a) In the field of re­new­able en­er­gies, Spain is a world leader, both for hav­ing devel­oped cer­tain tech­nolo­gies in our coun­try, and be­cause it has an in­dus­trial fab­ric with lead­ing com­pa­nies based through­out theworld. Spain is the first coun­try in Europe in pro­duc­tion of wind power, and the fourth world­wide in terms of in­stalled ca­pac­ity. The world's lead­ing com­pany in re­new­able en­er­gies is Span­ish. b) In the field of trans­port in­fra­struc­ture, the largest high­way con­ces­sions com­pany in the world is Span­ish. The four largest com­pa­nies world­wide in in­fra­struc­ture con­ces­sions are Span­ish. c) In the filed of trans­port man­age­ment, a third of the world's air traf­fic is man­aged through sys­tems devel­oped and in­stalled in more than 90 coun­tries by a Span­ish com­pany. d) In the field of rail­way in­fra­struc­tures and high speed rail­ways, Spain is an undis­puted ref­er­ence in this field: our rail­way sec­tor is present in all five con­ti­nents. e) In the field of au­to­mo­tive sec­tor, we rank sec­ond among Euro­pean ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers, and ninth in the world, top­ping the rank in in­dus­trial ve­hi­cles. f) In the field of fi­nan­cial sec­tor, two of the world's prin­ci­pal fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions are Span­ish. The best bank in the world is Span­ish (Euromoney). g) In the field of ICT sec­tor, in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, Europe's lead­ing in­te­grated op­er­a­tor is Span­ish, and it is the world's top in­ter­na­tional in­te­grated op­er­a­tor in num­ber of cus­tomers. h) In the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­nolo­gies, as re­gards water treat­ment and de­sali­na­tion of sea water and brack­ish water, Spain is a world leader, and the top pro­ducer of de­sali­nated water in Europe and the Amer­i­cas. Span­ish com­pa­nies spear­head re­verse os­mo­sis tech­nolo­gies and the con­struc­tion of de­sali­na­tion plants. Seven of the 20 largest in­ter­na­tional de­sali­na­tion com­pa­nies are Span­ish. i) In the field of other in­dus­trial sec­tors, Spain is Europe's third man­u­fac­turer of ma­chine tools. j) In the field of distri­bu­tion and fash­ion, the world's largest fash­ion distri­bu­tion group, with a unique prod­uct strat­egy that is stud­ied at the best busi­ness schools in the world is Span­ish. k) In the field of pub­lish­ing in­dus­try, Spain ranks fourth in theworld. l) In the field of food and agri­cul­ture sec­tor, a Span­ish com­pany is the lead­ing world pro­ducer of rice, and the sec­ond of pasta. Spain is the top pro­ducer and ex­porter of olive oil. We are world lead­ers in pro­duc­ing and mar­ket­ing ta­ble olives. We are the world's top ex­porter of fruit and veg­eta­bles. m) In the field of tourism, Spain's lead­ing po­si­tion is undis­puted, Spain is the world's top hol­i­day tourism des­ti­na­tion, and the sec­ond most vis­ited coun­try in the world. All this is just a sam­ple of pos­si­bil­i­ties opened now for the bet­ter fu­ture of our co­op­er­a­tion. There­fore and to con­clude, I would like to en­cour­age all our friends in Pak­istan to get closer to Spain, its re­al­ity, its pos­si­bil­i­ties, and to ex­plore the­ways in­which we can work to­gether tak­ing into ac­count our mu­tual in­ter­est.

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