Date: Nov 22, 2023
III Spain-India Forum

The Spain-India Council Foundation and the Observer Research Foundation are co-organising the third edition of the Spain-India Forum on November 22, 2023 in New Delhi. The Spain-India Forum serves as a relevant platform for promoting bilateral relations between Spain and India. It is supported by the State Secretary for Foreign and Global Affairs of Spain, the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi, and the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi.

The 2023 edition of the Spain-India Forum is especially significant as it is being held in India for the first time. The previous two editions took place in Madrid in 2014 and 2017, focusing on urban development and infrastructure, and renewable energy respectively.

The main goal of the III Spain-India Forum is to explore the assets and opportunities for bilateral cooperation between Spain and India as global partners in four key sectors: the participation of the European Union and Latin America in the Indo-Pacific; capacity-building in defence industries; university collaboration and educational exchanges; and the global dimension of the Spanish language.

The public programme on November 22 will be followed by a Closed-Door Working Meeting of Indian and Spanish experts on November 23.

A forty-member delegation will travel from Spain to New Delhi to participate in the Spain-India Forum together with their Indian counterparts. It is composed of the delegation of the Spain-India Council Foundation, formed by its board of trustees and members, along with three sectoral delegations: the Spanish Language delegation, coordinated by the Directorate-General for Spanish Language in the World; the Higher Education delegation, coordinated by the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE); and the think tanks delegation, coordinated by the Spain-India Observatory. The Spanish delegation is led by State Secretary for Foreign and Global Affairs of Spain, Ángeles Moreno Bau, and the President of the Spain-India Council Foundation, Juan Ignacio Entrecanales, Executive Vice President of Acciona.

The participation of government and institutional representative from India is scheduled in the main event as well as in the side events, including Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India, Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs of India, and Professor Harsh V. Pant, Vice President for Studies and Foreign Policy at ORF.

Programme

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09:00 - 09:15 (IST)

Auditorium of the Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi

REGISTRATION OF ATTENDEES

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09:16 - 10:00 (IST)

INAUGURATION OF THE III SPAIN-INDIA FORUM AND LAUNCH OF THE SPAIN-INDIA OBSERVATORY

Welcome remarks: Carmen Noguero, Secretary General of Instituto Cervantes

Presentation of the vision and mission of the event:

  • Juan Ignacio Entrecanales, President of the Spain-India Council Foundation
  • Professor Harsh V. Pant, Vice President for Studies and Foreign Policy of the Observer Research Foundation

Presentation of Secretary (West) Verma and remarks: José María Ridao, Ambassador of Spain to India

Inaugural keynote speech: Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India

Signing of the Collaboration Agreement between Observer Research Foundation and Spain-India Council Foundation: President of SICF; Vice President of ORF. (Group photo)

Video of the Spain-India Observatory: Cristóbal Alvear, Director of the Spain-India Observatory

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10:00 - 11:15 (IST)

THE PRESIDENCIES OF THE G20, THE PACIFIC ALLIANCE AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: THE PARTICIPATION OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION IN THE INDO-PACIFIC

Introductory remarks on India and Spain as global partners: Dinesh Patnaik, Ambassador of India to Spain

Introductory remarks on Spain and India as global partners: Javier Salido, Director General for North America, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain.

Introductory remarks on India and Spain as global partners: Dinesh Patnaik, Ambassador of India to Spain

Introductory remarks on Spain and India as global partners: Javier Salido, Director General for North America, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain.

Moderator: Shairee Malhotra, Associate Fellow, Europe, ORF; Taskforce Coordinator, Think20 India Secretariat, G20 India

Panellists:

  • Amaia Sánchez, Associate Analyst for South Asia at the European Union Institute for Security Studies
  • Sameer Patil, Deputy Director, ORF Mumbai; Taskforce Coordinator, T20 India Secretariat
  • Javier Paulinich, Ambassador of Peru to India
  • Javier Gil, Professor and Expert on the Indo-Pacific at the University of Comillas

Open discussion with the panellists

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11:15 - 11:45 (IST)

COFFEE-NETWORKING

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11:45 - 13:00 (IST)

TOWARDS A NEW INDO-PACIFIC SECURITY ARCHITECTURE: PARTNERSHIPS IN DEFENCE CAPACITY-BUILDING

Introductory remarks on Spain’s vision of the Indo-Pacific: Emilio de Miguel, Ambassador at Large for the Indo-Pacific of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain

Introductory remarks on India’s vision of the Indo-Pacific: Paramita Tripathi, Joint Secretary (Oceania & the Indo-Pacific) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India

Moderator: Eva Borreguero, Professor and Expert on South Asia Studies at Complutense University

Panellists:

  • Abhijit Singh, Head, Maritime Policy Initiative, ORF
  • Col Pardo de Santayana, Chief Analyst at the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies
  • C295 Tata/Airbus: Arjun Myne, Associate Vice President Aircraft Programmes of Tata Advanced Systems, and Jorge Tamarit, Head of C295 India Programme of Airbus Defence and Space
  • José Porto, Managing Director of Navantia India

Open discussion with the panellists

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13:00 - 14:00 (IST)

LUNCH-NETWORKING

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14:00 - 14:50 (IST)

COOPERATION BETWEEN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS FROM INDIA AND SPAIN: CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES

Introductory remarks on the Spanish University System and its International Vision, and moderator of the session: Fatima Terol, Deputy Head of Internationalisation of Higher Education at the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE)

Panellists:

  • Dinesh Patnaik, Ambassador of India to Spain
  • Javier Parrondo, Director General of Casa Asia
  • Amarendra Pani, Deputy Director & Head, Research Division at the Association of Indian Universities
  • Jesús Soto. Academic Director of Mobility at the University of Seville

Open discussion with the panellists

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14:50 - 15:40 (IST)

SPANISH AS A LINGUA FRANCA IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Introductory remarks on the Spanish Language in the World: Guillermo Escribano, Director General for Spanish Language in the World of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain

Moderator: Òscar Pujol. Director of Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi

Panellists:

  • Javier Torres, Head of International and Institutional Relations at the Unit for International Education of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain
  • Himanshu Gupta, Director of the Delhi Board of School Education
  • Paloma Castro, Vice-chancellor for Internationalisation of the University of Valladolid and Coordinator of the Working Group for Language Policy at CRUE
  • Ashwani Goyal, President of Goyal Publishers & Distributors

Open discussion with the panellists

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15:40 - 16:00 (IST)

CLOSURE

Closing remarks:

  • Carmen Noguero, Secretary General of Instituto Cervantes
  • José María Ridao, Ambassador of Spain to India