The Spain-India Council Foundation (FCEI) spent ten years today weaving a path for the discovery of the two nations through the exchange of knowledge in the field of science, technology, culture and economic cooperation.
"During these 10 years, the foundation has not only carried out purely commercial tasks, (...) but it also works as an observatory, as a reflection, to awaken consciences, exchange ideas, promote understanding, which in practice translates into a infinity of programs, "his secretary general, Carlos Morales, told Efe during an event to celebrate the anniversary.
The non-profit organization, promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, started with the plan to build a direct bridge between Madrid and New Delhi, uniting two nations that until almost a few decades ago were almost unknown.
The foundation has come to try to "undo stereotypes and clichés," said the secretary.
In a review of the activities of the last decade, Morales highlighted the approach of academic institutions, town halls, twinnings of cities and even the creation of links with the powerful industry of Indian cinema, Bollywood.
The organization brings together as partners public and private companies that have an interest in the reciprocal approach.
Despite more than 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Spain, the contact between both countries in the commercial and cultural field has not taken off.
Some 230 Spanish companies are present in India and bilateral trade averages 5,000 million euros annually, with a net favorable balance to the Asian country of around 1,500 million, according to official Spanish data.