King Felipe VI inaugurated this Sunday the Mobile World Capital of Barcelona, ​​the main telecommunications fair in Europe, in a speech in three languages ​​(Spanish, Catalan and English), in which he highlighted the role of Barcelona as a “center technology in southern Europe “and has argued that Spain has the ability to lead digitization in Europe, which he sees as necessary for recovery after the pandemic.

The monarch has defended that “our country is a destination of true guarantee” and therefore has highlighted its “hotel offer”, but that it also has “a vibrant ecosystem of companies with a vocation to internationalize “.

“The fact that we are here shows that the fair sector adapts flexibly”, said the king who wanted to highlight the “example of Catalonia and Barcelona, a city recognized for its cultural, financial and innovation importance, a cosmopolitan Mediterranean city and an authentic motor of Catalonia “.

Felipe VI has highlighted how during the pandemic, thanks to “the mobile telecommunications industry and the connectivity the world has continued to advance when everything else had come to a tragic stop for so many people. “

“It cannot be easily described in words, but let’s imagine how things would be without technology,” wondered the king, who raised how different things would have been if “Covid-19 would have arrived in the 90s or at the beginning of this millennium. “

The king wanted to “publicly acknowledge the role played by mobile connectivity in the professional sphere and in the private sphere, accompanying people in hospitals, people who were alone, to keep in touch with their families in confinement “.

“We recognized the need to connect with others and we appreciated how easy it was. For many it was a discovery. We had a very effective tool at our fingertips. to be able to feel hope in the future“said the head of state.

“Spain offers aspects such as a high degree of public safety or an attractive living environment for teleworking”

“The pandemic has shown that in our lives we have to connect and feel connected, that is why you are going to explore such interesting topics as artificial intelligence, 5G, some have even talked about 6G, that sounds like science fiction, the big data, and the internet of things, “said the king.

“We are at a time when constructive discussions are essential for a robust and sustainable economic recovery, it is time to invest in a digital future. The sectors represented here they are the ones who have to lead the transformation “added Felipe VI.

The king emphasized that Spain “offers aspects such as a high degree of public security, a attractive living environment for teleworking and I trust you will see that it is a great place to work and to visit. “

Pedro Sánchez calls for unity

In his speech the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, said that “institutional cooperation and unity of action it is the fertile way to raise a country “.

Sánchez added that the unit must serve to turn Spain into a country of opportunities – especially for young people. solidary —Especially for those who have suffered the most from the pandemic— and resilient.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, during his speech at Mobile.

In defending unity of action, he has argued: “Symbolizing a union for the greater good of all, which are the citizens we represent” and – he has said – are united by the same desire for economic recovery, which it must be green, digital and inclusive.

It has precisely celebrated that this dinner brings together the mayor of Barcelona, ​​the president of the Barcelona Provincial Council, Núria Marín, the president of the Generalitat, the Government of Spain and the king, “symbolizing a union for the greater good of all, which is that of the citizens “.

“For the highest good of all,” he repeated, “which is the good of the citizens we represent and, above all and above all, the good of the citizens we serve. “

Sánchez has celebrated that a new edition of the MWC can be held, and “in person, demonstrating that the recovery of normality is every closer thanks to the vaccination process” in Spain.

“We return one more year to this wonderful city, Mayor” —he added—, for a congress that has been defined verbatim as an unavoidable place in mobile communications, and a first-rate international benchmark for its enormous projection and for the enormous influence of its results.

He also highlighted that the value of the Internet has never been as important as in the pandemic, and that the population has overcome isolation “thanks to the connection possibilities offered by the Internet “.

Faced with the pandemic, he has defended promoting positive and inclusive policies – he said – for technology and ICT “blow in favor of the whole of citizenship; above all, of those who have fewer resources. “

It has considered equally important “the necessary conversation between institutions, between private corporations and, above all, among the citizens. “

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