Spain’s Trade Minister to Speak at Bloomberg Conference

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Miguel Sebastián to Discuss Spain’s Economic Competitiveness and Growth Opportunities

NEW YORK -- Investor confidence is growing as Spain emerges from recession and Spanish companies are tapping the capital markets at the fastest pace in four years. Miguel Sebastián, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade, Kingdom of Spain, and leaders of top U.S. companies will assess the outlook for Europe’s fourth largest economy at the Bloomberg Spain Investment Strategies conference.

At the event, to be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the Bloomberg L.P. headquarters in New York City, Minister Sebastián will address the impact of the global economic recovery and the European debt crisis on trade and commerce in Spain, the effects of the country’s austerity measures, as well as the economic reforms put in place by the government and whether these are enough to win back investors.

Additionally, a roundtable of CEOs will discuss their outlook for Spain’s growth and competitiveness, as well as opportunities for investments in key sectors of the economy. Speakers include:

- Daniele Antonucci, Senior European Economist, Morgan Stanley

- Martin Franklin, Chairman and CEO of Jarden Corporation

- Robert Hugin, President and CEO of Celgene Corporation

- Antonio Perez, Chairman and CEO of Eastman Kodak Company

- Alberto Verme, Co-CEO, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Citigroup

“With such a diversified industry and well-educated work force, as well as wealth and reserves, Spain’s economy remains competitive,” said Robert Bierman, head of Bloomberg LINK. “Participants at the Conference will get an inside look at the areas that are ripe for investing.”

The conference is being sponsored by the Ministry for Industry, Tourism and Trade, Kingdom of Spain. The Trade Commission of Spain in New York, a part of the Embassy of Spain in the U.S. and a branch of ICEX, the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade, assists Spanish companies in their strategies in the U.S market, and American firms interested in investing in Spain.

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