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Goirigolzarri sees digitalisation and the fight against climate change as an opportunity to transform the economy

The chairman of Bankia has participated in the ‘2nd ClosinGap Economic Equality Summit’, where he underlined that any effort to transform the country must be accompanied by training and education.

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03 November 2020 - 12:30

The chairman of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, sees digitalisation and the fight against climate change as two great opportunities to transform the economy, although he pointed out that this leap must be accompanied by a more educated and better trained society, while also being supported by active employment policies.

During his participation in one of the round tables of the ’2nd ClosinGap Economic Equality Summit’, in which he was accompanied by the president of Mapfre, Antonio Huertas, and the chairwoman of ClosingGap (CG), Marieta Jiménez, Goirigolzarri said that, despite the uncertainty we are experiencing at the moment, it is important to focus on “the strengths” of Spain to overcome the crisis resulting from the spread of COVID-19. In this regard, he mentioned the country’s competitive advantage in terms of technological infrastructure, to which he added the solvency and good capitalisation of the financial system, which is allowing to meet the needs of families and companies.

As the third pillar, the chairman of Bankia pointed out the “massive support of European funds”, a “great opportunity”, in his opinion, for the recovery of the country, but which entails a “tremendous management responsibility”. “These funds have to allow us to cope with the crisis and its needs and are a fundamental lever for transforming the perfectly diagnosed limitations and weaknesses of the Spanish economy and its society”, he added.

Goirigolzarri highlighted the importance of investing these funds in those aspects that, in his opinion, will provide “a steppingstone for the transformation” of the Spanish economy, such as digitalisation and climate change, and accompany them with an “effort directed towards the training and education of society”.

“If you do not incorporate skills into the transformation of the economy, it is like creating highways without cars. There is no project as exciting, inclusive and that has to concentrate more unity than the transformation of education and training”, he stated.

The chairman of Bankia understands that “the changes in skills are permanent” throughout the working life, which is why he has insisted on the need to implement active employment policies and to make a permanent effort to adapt Spanish society.

In his opinion, it is important to give society the skills to enter the labour market, which will change a lot in the coming years, instead of giving them subsidies, which “have the risk of leading them into the poverty trap”.

Bankia joined the ClosinGap in April 2019, this is the reference platform for analysing the economic and social opportunity cost of gender gaps. Since then, the bank has been in charge of leading the report on the gender gap in rural areas, with the aim of calculating the impact of gender inequalities in this environment, as well as the economic and social opportunities that closing the gap would offer.

ClosinGap has its origins in Healthy Women, Healthy Economies, an initiative launched worldwide in 2014 by the leading company in science and technology Merck, under the umbrella of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, with the aim of identifying and eliminating barriers that prevent empower women to realise their full potential in society. Spain is the first country that adheres to it to extend its experience to other countries of the European Union.

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