The institution, which fosters good relations between India and Spain, welcomed the Indian Leaders.
The Leaders’ first stop in Valladolid had to be Casa de la India. The institution, founded in 2003 with the support of the Embassy of India to Spain, the City Council and the University of Valladolid, works to promote India in Spain through different activities. It also facilitates cooperation between universities, research and technology centres and so on in the two countries.
Its director, Guillermo Rodríguez, who also participated in the meeting with the patrons at Acciona’s main offices, travelled with the Leaders and showed them around the institution’s facilities, including a vast library and collection of objects linked to India, including a sitar donated by Ravi Shankar, one of its patrons of honour. Guillermo Rodríguez advocated for the need to keep fostering Spain-India relations: “There are many challenges, since we still have to get to know each other better, but also great opportunities.”
In this regard, the Director of Casa de la India emphasised that the city of Valladolid, with the support of the institution, the Council and the University, offers “a great opportunity for the internationalisation” of Indian businesses and institutions.
The Leaders appreciated the warm welcome of the Director, who was also joined by the Head of Culture and Tourism at the Council, Juan Manuel Guimeráns. During his speech, Hanumanthu Purushotham highlighted the “excellent” work carried out by Casa de la India. “After observing the work being done here, I can see there are opportunities for boosting Indian innovation and entrepreneurship in Spain,” he said.
The Leaders shared this opinion. As Ananya Chandra pointed out, “we all do similar work and we will all be delighted to help and collaborate with Spanish partners on the development of innovation and technology.”