Luis Padilla receives the Encomienda de la Orden del Mérito Civil for his work in relations between Spain and Africa

Carolina Darias, delegada del Gobierno en Canarias, y Luis Padilla, secretario general de Casa África.


The general secretary of Casa África, Luis Padilla Macabeo, received the Encomienda de la Orden del Mérito Civil this past Friday at the institution´s headquarters. This is a distinction granted by the King of Spain on 06 December 2010, as a result of a proposal from the Spanish Government´s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation to recognise the history of the existing Casa África general secretary in favour of Hispanic-African relations.

In the event, Luis Padilla thanked local, regional and state authorities for the trust placed in him in recent years, and reminded that today´s reality is much more changing now: "We must become more familiar with our neighbours. We live in this space, and so we must make it a priority to contribute towards creating an area of prosperity and stability for everyone."

The president of the Canary Islands Government, Paulino Rivero, the mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Jerónimo Saaveedra, and the representative of the Canary Islands Government, Carolina Darias, were some of the people present at the public event, which included a lengthy representation of individuals from the cultural, economic and political life of the Canary Islands.

Luis Padilla Macabeo has worked as the general director of African Relations in the Canary Islands Government, the general director of PROEXCA, and the assistant director of ICEX in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as working for the Gran Canaria Tourism Department. In the private sector, he has worked for companies such as CORORASA and ANACEF. He holds a bachelor´s degree in Economics from the Universidad de La Laguna, and a degree from the European School in Brussels and the Instituto Internacional San Telmo (IESE).  He was also a professor for ESCOEX. Luis Padilla was held the position of general secretary of Casa África since June 2007 until now.



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