SANTO DOMINGO – The president of the Business Council Alliance for Ibero-America (Ceapi), Nuria Vilanova, presented in the capital of the Dominican Republic a preview of the business conference to be held next October in Madrid and which will be dedicated to innovation and company makeovers.
In a statement to EFE, Vilanova said the 2nd Ceapi Ibero-American Conference for Company Presidents and Family Business Owners will explore how “the most important companies in Ibero-America apply innovation and disruption.”
The president of Ceapi, which includes 125 presidents of Spanish companies with interests in Latin America, met this week in Santo Domingo with Dominican entrepreneurs to present what this conference will be all about.
Vilanova, president of the Atrevia consultancy, said the conference will have speakers from every country in Ibero-America, while representing the Dominican Republic will be Felipe Vicini, president of Inicia, and Frank Rainieri, president of the Punta Cana group.
The conference will also feature an activity called “Next Generation,” to guide upcoming generations of Ibero-American business owners in ways to take on such challenges as renewing family firms and getting the most out of new business models.
According to Vilanova, in the world of family businesses, which are the majority in Latin America, there’s the challenge of attracting the talent in the family since young people with an “entrepreneurial and innovative spirit” undoubtedly go off to study in California and start their own businesses there.
“It’s hard to attract talented family members. It’s a real challenge,” she said.
She also noted the role women play in family enterprises, since until a few years ago it was an exception for a female to manage the business, because they preferred “getting involved in foundations or social projects,” but that is changing now.
“The woman, by the mere fact that she’s a woman, marks a difference and facilitates the innovation and change that in today’s world are absolutely essential for companies to survive,” she added.
The 2nd Ceapi Conference will also provide a place of honor for the Ibero-American woman, and will honor a woman from each of the participating countries.
Vilanova sees Spain, where big companies are speeding up their innovation processes, as an excellent platform for internationalization.
She also noted that the Dominican economy is now “very much involved with Spanish companies” in the tourism, consumer goods and food sectors, and said there are now Spanish companies that have not only invested in the Dominican Republic but are partners of Dominican companies.
For his part, Samuel de Moya, president of Lionbridge Capital and president of the Business Council Alliance for Ibero-America in the Dominican Republic, told EFE that Ceapi will have a meeting in Santo Domingo soon to promote the signing of ties with the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE), the National Private Company Council (CONEP) and the Dominican Republic Industries Association (AIRD).