Ramon Masià, expat candidate for the Chamber of Barcelona.
This coming May, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Barcelona will hold new elections, convened by Generalitat de Catalunya, which governs all public institutions, including the Chamber.
Often we are unaware that as entrepreneurs, self-employed workers or simply people engaged in a local economic activity, we are also fully-fledged partners of the Chamber and entitled to a vote within it. While there are indeed some who know that this opportunity exists, most of us don’t concern ourselves with understanding exactly how the Chamber of Commerce can serve expats. To paraphrase Kennedy, it would be worth it know what expats — who have arrived in Barcelona and contribute to the economy of its society — can do for the Chamber.
On this front, the Chamber thus far has not done all the work that it should have done. The Chamber has not felt the need to warm up to expats, and global entrepreneurs in Barcelona who have reached out to the Chamber have not been attended properly. No proposals for work, cooperation, interests have yet been established…
When I met “Anem per feina” candidate Ramon Masià, who is a full member of the Chamber, businessman, lawyer, economist and a born leader, I understood that his proposal to modernize the Chamber was not merely a springboard to the presidency.
The forty people who are part of his team have spearheaded a strong and innovative project that is based on transparency, services, professionalizing the Chamber, training and management … but undoubtedly what interested me the most was the project “C’Mon.”
C’Mon is the opportunity for expats, professionals who have arrived from all over the world to do business in Barcelona, to integrate fully into the Chamber of Commerce. We are more determined than ever to provide expat merchant organizations and associations in Barcelona with a voice and vote, a strategy that revolves around the language, training and the onboarding of newcomers.
As a result of this mission, C’Mon has already held meetings with business and community leaders of Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe and the group is also very interested in the English-speaking sector with which it has already started to work.
The engagement of these agencies and community leaders — as liaisons to the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, with the economic and social agencies from their countries of origin — constitutes a substantial and radical change in the internationalization of the Chamber.
Expats, you can be the ambassadors of the Chamber. Unlike other campaigns, the Masià project does not work with just a few nor the usual players; he plans to work with everyone.
You can find out more about his campaign here: anemperfeina2019.com
For all the reasons above, Ramon Masià has become the candidate for the expats to the Chamber.
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