The First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs Nadia Calviño has participated in the International Congress of the Spanish Language of Cádiz in the act in which the Cervantes Institute has explained its recent work and its upcoming challenges. Calviño promoted the PERTE Nueva Economía de la Lengua, the public investment program in industries related to the Spanish language that her ministry manages.
What's new? Calviño explained that PERTE has already managed transfers worth 340 million euros since January 1 and highlighted the commitment to the Valle de la Lengua project of the Government of La Rioja. He announced that his team works in an "audiovisual pole", a fund dedicated to financing podcast-producing companies under advantageous conditions. And he explained that the Instituto Cervantes has reached an agreement with the Government of the State of New Delhi, in India, to invest in the training of Indian Spanish-language teachers. The aid will include scholarships for teachers to come to Spain to complete their training.
The Cervantes, in reality, is a body dependent on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but Calviño and the director of the Institute, Luis García Montero seem quite coordinated. Their speeches were complemented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, last November, and they did so again yesterday, when García Montero explained to the public in Cádiz the democratizing work of the institution he directs, that of the entire knowledge sector. And he proclaimed the need to take her to a world of machines and artificial intelligence. "There is nothing more foreign than a machine", is a phrase that Cervantes has used in an ethical Decalogue that he has distributed in Cádiz.
El Cervantes spoke about technology: one of his main works in progress is a digital map of translations that allows knowing which Spanish writers are translated into which languages. Another project, more analog than digital, will consist of compiling the experiences of Spanish students throughout the world.
One more piece of information: Nadia Calviño is the second minister of the Government of Spain to speak in Cádiz after her colleague from Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares. The visit of the Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, is not scheduled for now.
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