Esther Alcocer Koplowitz receives the CEAL award for FCC’s expansion in Latin America
The chairman of the Public Services Group received the award in the presence of the Prince of Asturias and the Panama Canal minister and Spanish foreign minister.
Panama City, 18 October 2013. The FCC Chairman, Esther Alcocer Koplowitz, received the Grand Prize for Business Expansion awarded by the Latin American Business Council (CEAL) to the Public Services Group. The event was attended by HRH Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias, the Panamanian minister of canal affairs, Roberto Roy and the Spanish foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo.
CEAL valued the expansion achieved by FCC in the leading Latin American countries, where it has been operating for 15 years now through companies with local origins and resource, such as the subsidiaries in Panama and Costa Rica. This region accounts for 11.5% of the group’s total business (data from the second half of 2013), most of which corresponds to infrastructure development.
In his speech, the Spanish minister praised the work and expansion of Spanish firms, citing FCC as "an example of know-how". The firm’s boosting of Spain’s brand and image abroad, he added, "has made a contribution like few others".
Esther Alcocer thanked CEAL for the award "made to FCC, the company that I am honoured to chair and which my mother, Esther Koplowitz, worked to turn it into a world benchmark in the field of infrastructure and public services". She added: "For all of us that make up the FCC Group, this award will be a permanent reminder of our gratitude and acknowledgment of those who contribute towards improving social and economic conditions on this continent, and a further stimulus for our development here, in Panama, and in Latin America as a whole.”
CEAL met in Panama City to coincide with the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government. The council, which was founded 23 years ago in Mexico City, is a network of leading Latin American business figures. Its mission is to stimulate its members’ participation in exchanges and partnerships, in all areas where private enterprise can contribute towards strengthening reciprocal bonds and work towards socio-economic progress in their respective countries.