The High Commissioner for Marca España and the Promotion of the Spanish Language, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros and Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile

The High Commissioner for Marca España and the Promotion of the Spanish Language, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros and astronomer Fernando Comerón.

Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, Esperanza Cueto, President of Fundación Colunga, and José Enrique Auffray, president of Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Chile.

The High Commissioner for Marca España and the Promotion of the Spanish Language, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros and winemaker Miguel Torres, CEO of Bodegas Torres

Mr Espinosa de los Monteros thanked all award winners for their efforts to bring the two nations closer together on the basis of ‘respect, admiration and affection.’

José Enrique Auffray, President of Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Chile

Recognition to Friends of Marca España in Chile

Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile; Esperanza Cueto, President of Fundación Colunga; Fernando Comerón, astronomer; and Miguel Torres, CEO of Bodegas Torres, were given awards for their efforts to strengthen ties between Spain and Chile.
06/01/2018

The High Commissioner for Marca España and the Promotion of the Spanish Language, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, travelled to Chile this week to be part of several activities and promote our nation brand in this South-American country.

The High Commissioner gave out the Friends of Marca España Awards at the annual dinner of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Chile, which was attended by ministers of the Chilean Government and leading businessmen. It is the 10th edtion of the awards, after being granted in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, London, Miami, Tokyo, Brussels, Dubai and Mexico City. The Friends of Marca España Awards give recognition to those individuals and organisations who have made decisive contributions to the strengthening of bilateral relations.

The Friends of Marca España Award winners in Chile were former President Ricardo Lagos, who played a key role in the development of Spanish-Chilean relations through the signing of numerous treaties and agreements in a variety of areas (economy, energy, science, migration); and Fundación Colunga, a non-profit organisation supporting civil society actors in innovative initiatives with a high impact on education and the fight against poverty. The Foundation’s President is Esperanza Cueto.

The other two winners were Spanish astronomer Fernando Comerón, former representative of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, ‘for his unceasing struggle to promote European cooperation in Chile in the field of astronomy’; and winemaker Miguel Torres, CEO of Bodegas Torres, ‘for his ongoing contributions to the development of the winemaking industry in Chile.’

Mr Espinosa de los Monteros thanked all award winners for their efforts to bring the two nations closer together on the basis of ‘respect, admiration and affection.’

Futuro en Español

The Commissioner also attended the 3rd Futuro en Español, a forum organised by Vocento and held in Santiago for the promotion of the Spanish language – the new role taken on by Marca España. Mr Espinosa was a member of the panel ‘Spanish Language: Bridge of Opportunity’, along with Juan Carlos Jiménez, Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Alcalá. The panel was moderated by Juan Pablo Toro, editor of International News at El Mercurio.

The High Commissioner described the Spanish language as ‘one of our main assets and a tool for international promotion.’ He also mentioned some of today’s challenges, such as ‘strengthening the presence of Spanish in international organisations and the scientific community,’ and the need to work with public and private organisations in Latin America in defence of our common language.

As he usually does when he travels abroad, the High Commissioner held meetings with local businesspersons, local authorities and media.