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15 -23 February 2009, Madrid, Barcelona. International Construction Forum

In February 2009 International Business Corporation organized a business trip to Spain in which heads of construction and educational institutions of Russia and CIS participated. The main goal of the Forum that was defined by heads of institutes of higher education was the exchange of experience in managing the sphere of higher education while the principal aim of businessmen was to attract financing from the part of European business circles.

First of all the delegation of constructors visited the Spain Construction Association in Madrid. Within the limits of the meeting took place presentation “Spain – business strategy for Russia and CIS countries”. Heads of institutes of higher education visited private educational institutions, arranged for organizing exchange of students for the purpose of learning languages and familiarizing themselves with cultures of foreign countries.

In the University of Barcelona department of economy to the heads of Russian companies was presented information about the methods of financing most widespread in international practice. The meeting also included the review lecture about the collaboration with the biggest international financial organizations.

Theoretic training of Russian delegation allowed them to chart a strategy in choosing Spanish partners. Delegates received the useful introductory information about doing business in Spain. During a round table talk participants discussed the ways of business collaboration, shared the social problems. Spain annually invests dozens millions euros in perspective foreign projects, mainly in China and Latin America. Taking into consideration the latest economic results, Russia at the moment becomes an interesting objective for foreign investments. Therefore today is required a presentation of Russian projects that can bring profit to businessmen and benefit to the public.

Further meetings passed in profile companies “COPISA” and “COPSISA”. Those are average companies with a good dynamics of growth and annual turnover of about 800 million euros. In spite of the world financial crisis, Spanish constructors continue a stable work in their sector. After short presentations of their companies participants of the meetings discussed possible algorithms of direct financing of presented Russian companies.

Delegates had an opportunity to meet with their colleagues in the Association of contractors in Catalonia and in The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, accompanied by their Spanish collegues they visited Gaudi architecture complex, museum of Salvador Dali. Unforgettable week in Spain was crowned with an inflammatory flamenco show.