Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade
The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) (Spanish: Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) is an agency of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio) serving Spanish companies to promote their exports and facilitate their international expansion. For this purpose, it possesses its own financial, material and human resources.
The Institute acts mainly in the following areas:
- It designs and carries out commercial promotion and investment programs in foreign markets;
- It prepares and provides information regarding international markets and the Spanish products offered; and
- It promotes the teaching of technical skills to business people and the training of professionals in foreign trade.
To effectively meet its objectives, ICEX is assisted by the network of Economic and Commercial Offices in the Spanish embassies (Red de Oficinas Económicas y Comerciales de las Embajadas de España en el Exterior) abroad and, within Spain, by the Regional and Territorial Trade Directorates. It also coordinates its programs with those of the Autonomous Regions, Chambers of Commerce, the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations (CEOE), Collaborating Entities and other Spanish institutions related to international commerce in order to achieve a model of shared overseas promotion. The Centre for Economic and Commercial Studies (CECO) is an associated training centre through which ICEX assists in business training (for example, with a "Master in International Corporate Management").