Days of Moscow in the Kingdom of Spain
Days of Moscow were held in Madrid and Malaga on October 17-21. Events included business meetings and negotiations with the leadership of Spain’s capital, athletic competitions, and a rich cultural program.
A Moscow delegation headed up by Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations Sergey Cheremin came to take part in the events.
A key event for the Days of Moscow business program in Moscow was a plenary session on economic and investment cooperation between the two capitals. The participants presented projects in the sphere of support for innovative plants, urban planning, and the development of new tourist routes.
Representatives from Moscow departments visited the Office of the Territory of the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the Ministry of Education of Spain, the Madrid Metro, and educational and health facilities. Experts shared best practices in implementing projects in the field of transport, education, social services, environmental management, and environmental protection.
For the first time from October 20 to 22, the Days of Moscow were hosted by the Spanish city of Malaga. During a meeting with the mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre Prados, head of the Moscow delegation Sergey Cheremin expressed confidence that the Days of Moscow would be a powerful impetus for the further development of business and cultural cooperation between the cities.
The Minister thanked the authorities of Malaga for the warm welcome and assistance in holding the Moscow events. As a sign of gratitude, Mr. Cheremin presented the city with an exact copy of the painting “The Lace Maker” by the Russian painter Vasily Tropinin.
As part of the meeting between the Northeast Administrative District of Moscow and the Malaga Municipality, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed. Francisco de la Torre Prados emphasized that he was very pleased with the successful development of partnerships with Moscow, especially in the field of tourism. “In 2018, more than 140,000 people visited our city, and in the first 9 months of 2019 the number of tourists amounted to 143,000 people. I hope that the signed memorandum will increase the flow of tourists to Moscow and Malaga,” the mayor explained.
A business forum was also held during the Days of Moscow at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaga. It addressed the development of bilateral cooperation between Moscow and Malaga, with a presentation of the economic, investment and tourism potential of Moscow. In his speech, the head of the Far East Migration Administration noted that the EU countries remain the main foreign partners of the Russian capital. “First of all, it is Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and a number of other states,” he said. According to the minister, about 100 major Spanish companies are actively working in Moscow, many of which are involved in the city’s development programs.