OVIEDO // 30-31 MARCH 2023

about focae

Discover the opportunities that Africa as a continent can offer to do business at the FOCAE summit, a meeting between Africa and Spain represented by ambassadors from 18 countries and Spanish businessmen interested in the continent.

During 2 days of lectures, presentations and meetings, participants will be able to explore ways and formulas for collaboration between our country and the African continent.


Highlight the intensity and quality of relations between Spain and the African continent.

11:00 H.


12:00 H.

Inauguration Authorities.
Director Focae, Oviedo City Council, El Comercio newspaper, Banco Sabadell, representatives of participating countries and the government of the Principality of Asturias.

12:30 H.

Patrick Arthur Moukala, Ambassador of Gabon and President of the African Ambassadors in Spain and Guillermina Mekuy, writer, politician and businesswoman.

13:00 H.

Round table. “Legal, financial, logistical and practical aspects in the African continent”.
Cremades Calvo Sotelo, Banco Sabadell, Sea & Ports, Indra. Moderated by Begoña Costales, FOCAE Director.

14:00 H.

Lunch 🍲

15:30 H.

Lecture. “Africa and the future of renewable energies”. José Segura Clavell, Director General of Casa África.

16:00 H.

Panel presentation: 🇦🇴Angola, 🇨🇻Cabo Verde, 🇬🇼 Guinea Bissau and 🇲🇿Mozambique.

17:00 H.

Ana de Vicente Lancho. Deputy Director General for Mediterranean countries, Africa and the Middle East. Directorate General for International Trade and Investment. Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

17:30 H.

Panel presentation: 🇨🇲 Cameroon, 🇨🇩 DR Congo, 🇨🇮 Ivory Coast, 🇸🇩 Sudan.
Moderator: José Estévez. Partner and director and head of the new technologies department. Cremades Calvo-Sotelo Law Firm.

18:30 H.

Lecture. “The relevance of keeping emigrated talent in contact with the country or region of origin as a model”. Eduardo Sánchez Morrondo. President of Compromiso Asturias XXI.

19:00 H.


20:30 H.

Dinner. Loya Latores Restaurant

09:00 H.


09:30 H.

Minsait by INDRA Lecture: “Evolution, trends and contribution of digitalisation in public services, democratisation and the achievement of public policies”.
Mr. Jose Antonio Rubio, Director of Democracy and Public Policy and Jorge Aguilera, Director of Public Sector.

10:30 H.

Presentation panel:  🇲🇦Morocco, 🇸🇳 Senegal, 🇹🇬 Togo.

Modera: Kevin Colás. Responsable África Bego Costa África SLB

11:15 H.

Cofee Break ☕

11:45 H.

Banco Sabadell Lecture: “Exporting to grow. Tools to sell with confidence”. Susana Sánchez Canteli, Territorial International Business Director – Banco Sabadell.

12:15 H.

Panel presentation:  🇬🇦 Gabón, 🇬🇶 Guinea Ecuatorial, 🇬🇳 Republic of Guinea Conakry, 🇲🇱 Mali.

Moderator: Begoña Fernández-Costales Muñiz. Head of Africa Bego Costa Africa SLB

13:15 H.

Lecture. “European Union policies and funds on the African continent”.
To be confirmed

13:45 H.

Lecture. “Harambee Spain: All Together For Africa”.

14:00 H.

Lunch 🍲

15:30 H.

Presentation panel:  🇰🇪 Kenya, 🇿🇦 South Africa, 🇬🇭 Ghana.
Moderator: Alex Lawton. CEO Bedrock

16:15 H.

Sea&Port Lecture “Rules defining rights and obligations between buyer and seller”..

16:45 H.

Round table “WOMEN FOR AFRICA”.
Participants: H.E. Ambassador of Morocco, H.E. Ambassador of Senegal, H.E. Ambassador of South Africa, H.E. Ambassador of the DR Congo.

17:45 H.

University of Oviedo Lecture “A European supercampus in a privileged environment”. Jesús Daniel Santos Rodríguez, vice-rector of internationalization of the University of Oviedo.

18:15 H.

Director of FOCAE, Oviedo City Council, Regional Ministry of Industry of the Principality of Asturias.

20:30 H.

Gala Dinner. Eurostars Hotel de la Reconquista (Oviedo)


Ambassadors of countries participating in the Africa-Spain Opportunities and Collaboration Forum


If you would like a personalized meeting agenda, please contact the organization.


Write to us to plan your agenda and arrange meetings with the different diplomatic corps of the countries participating in FOCAE.