On 30 June 2016, the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation signed a Partnership Agreement with the Universidad Católica de Salta (Argentina) to cooperate on activities and to exchange information and knowledge that contributes to fulfilling the objectives of the First Export Programme.
Through its First Export Programme, the Foundation has given 15 Spanish and 15 Argentinian entrepreneurs the opportunity to complete a postgraduate course in international business at the UPF Barcelona School of Management. The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation has organised two training seminars for SMEs —one in Madrid and the other in Barcelona— about how to use the Internet to grow.
The First Export Programme has been supporting Argentinian SMEs for 15 years, and Spanish SMEs for two years. The main initiatives of the First Export Programme include grants for training on foreign trade, provided by the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation. A programme that has provided an opportunity to thirty companies.
On 19 May, as part of its First Export Programme, and with support from Gasnor S.A., a natural gas distribution company that CGE has in Argentina, the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation organised the “Claves del éxito más allá de la economía” (Keys to success beyond the economy) seminar in the Auditorium of the Economic Federation in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán.
The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation First Export Programme has provided customised advice and consultancy to 50 of these SMEs, 25% of which already export their products. In Argentina training has been provided to over 25,300 companies, of which 1,200 are now exporters. The initiative focuses on lending support to SMEs as they take their first steps towards exporting.
At the Excellence in Communication awards ceremony held by the prestigious Revista Imagen, the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation First Export Programme won the gold Eikon award in the Regional Category of Relationship with the Community/CSR. The programme was founded in Argentina in 2001 to promote internationalisation in the SME sector and aims to facilitate export activity by small- and medium-sized enterprises.
The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation held a seminar entitled “Exports and the digital tools”, led by the Director of the First Export Programme in Argentina, Pablo Furnari. The seminar took place at the Cultural Forum in the town of Zárate. The three speakers addressed the importance of digital tools when exporting.
In June, six projects were chosen as winners of the Social Entrepreneurs Programme that the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation has been carrying out in Argentina for several years. These projects have awarded initiatives from a range of sectors, such as “Ampliando Horizontes”, “Un refugio de amor” and “La fàbrica de dulces sueños”.