Today, Agbar participated in the forum “Invest in Chile”, organized by El País in Madrid, in the framework of the state visit to Spain by the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. The aim of this one-day conference was to analyze the role of Chile on the international stage and its importance as a destination for investment by Spanish companies.
During the event, the Director General of Agbar and Vice President of Aguas Andinas, Josep Bagué, participated on a round table entitled “The experience of big companies”, in which he spoke about the significance of investment in Chile for Agbar: “We are going to invest in Chile over the next 5 years in order to improve the water supply service. We are also going to set up a technology centre, which will collaborate with the main universities to develop projects related to desalination and to tackle the drought”. Josep Bagué moreover highlighted that Chile is a benchmark in water management: “It is the first country in America to achieve 100% treatment of wastewater”.
The round table also included the participation of the Chief Operating Officer of Telefónica, José María Álvarez Pallete; the Chief Operating Officer and President of BBVA, Ángel Cano; the Chief Executive Officer of Ferrovial Servicios, Santiago Olivares, and the Chairman of Gas Natural, Salvador Gabarró.
During the event, the President of the Republic of Chile likewise gave a talk on “Chile in the 21st century”, in which she maintained that "cooperation with Spain has permitted the regeneration of the Chilean economy. One of the challenges of Chile is currently to improve productivity and this is achieved through investment".
The Forum also included a dialogue between the Chilean Minister for the Economy, Development and Tourism, Luis Felipe Céspedes, and the Spanish Minister for the Economy and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos, who stated that the “Chile is a respectable country, which needs to generate greater economic diversification and, therefore, it is necessary to invest in education, RDI and infrastructures". There were also three talks by the Chilean Minister of Energy, Máximo Pacheco; the Chilean Minister of Public Works, Alberto Undurraga, and the Executive Vicepresident of the Chilean Foreign Investment Committee, Jorge Pizarro.
The conference, which took place in the Antiguo Casino de Madrid, brought together representatives from the economic, academic and political sectors and from the public administrations of Chile and Spain.