The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, of the Popular Party, has discussed this Wednesday with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mauricio Claver-Carone, the idea of a collaboration between Montevideo, Miami and Madrid to promote business exchange. At the meeting held at the agency’s Washington offices, the transfer of the IDB European headquarters from Madrid to Brussels was ruled out, as the agency had announced last year. “They have no intention of modifying anything,” said the Madrid president after the hour and a half meeting, as part of her institutional tour of the United States.
The possibility of creating a “Triple M” project between the cities of Montevideo, Miami and Madrid is mainly designed for the development of technology. The regional leader assured that the idea had come up during the meeting and that they would continue to work on it in the visits that Claver-Carone has scheduled to the Spanish capital in the coming months. “Always with respect for the Government of Spain, which is the one that has direct responsibilities with the IDB,” said the Madrid president, who has been on an institutional tour of the United States since last Sunday, while her party’s national convention is taking place. Ayuso plans to participate this weekend in the meeting of the popular in Valencia.
The regional leader’s meeting with the IDB president took place on Ayuso’s second day in Washington. Claver-Carone (Miami, 1975), of a Spanish father and a Cuban mother, was one of the key figures in the hardening of United States policies against the Chavista and Castro regimes during the Donald Trump Administration. The Republican president proposed his advisor for Latin American issues as a candidate to preside over the IDB. The nomination was quite controversial because never before in history the United States had presented a candidate, whose triumph ended the unwritten tradition of a Latin American presiding over the body.
The Madrid president has assured that a change in the European headquarters of the IDB was not even questioned, an announcement made by the representative of the organization in Europe, Ignacio Corlazzoli, just before the pandemic began, in March 2020. Then, she said that The objective of the change was to articulate a “strategic dialogue” with European institutions and that the transfer was part of the investment proposal of 4,000 million euros that Brussels was considering for Latin America and the Caribbean within the Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union.
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