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Ambassador Santiago Martínez-Caro, Director General of Casa Africa.

Ambassador Santiago Martínez-Caro, Director General of Casa Africa.

Ambassador Santiago Martínez-Caro, Director General of Casa África, an instrument of public diplomacy in Spain’s foreign policy towards Africa, met several high ranked Namibian officials in Windhoek last week. The aim of the visit was to strengthen Namibia Spain partnerships in renewable energy projects, as well as to promote the upcoming conference on renewable energy that will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in June 2013.
 Ambassador Santiago Martínez-Caro held discussions with the Deputy Minister of Mines and  Energy, the General Manager of the Electricity Control Board, the Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics, Natural Resources and Public Administration, and the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These meetings were a good opportunity to discuss renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, a field in which Spanish companies have established a reputation for their international expertise while successfully working in the southern African region.
Ambassador Martínez-Caro also used the opportunity to announce the “International Conference on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in Africa: Africa as an Emerging Market and Investment Opportunity”. He said the conference will be a platform to identify business opportunities between Africa and Spain.
Casa África was created jointly in 2007 by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Regional Government of the Canary Islands. Headquartered in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), it aims at promoting good understanding and trust between Spain and Africa and making known the opportunities that the African continent offers to Spanish professionals, companies and investors.

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