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AFRICA AND SPAIN, EVER CLOSER

Casa África works to bring Africa and Spain closer. Our mission is to foster mutual understanding and strengthen relations with African countries through trust. To do this, we organise more than 200 economic, social, cultural, institutional and political activities each year.

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Diplomatic action

Casa África is a tool of diplomacy

Public diplomacy

Seeking dialogue and mutual understanding with the civil societies of African countries.

Within this framework, Casa África supports the creation of lasting Spanish-African relationships and networks of contacts at all levels. It also organises and supports meetings and forums that promote knowledge about Africa in Spain, giving priority to current issues on the African continent and to the participation of African representatives.  

Economic diplomacy

In the area of ​​economic diplomacy, Casa África works with Spanish professionals, companies and investors to share information about the opportunities offered by Africa. To fulfil this mission, Casa África organises and supports meetings and conferences on the current status of African economies and the business opportunities available in key sectors and geographical areas. Thus, it promotes the internationalisation of Spanish companies which are already active in Africa or have an interest in the continent, and promotes collaboration between public and private entities or individuals. It also promotes the Canary Islands as a business hub for Africa.

Cultural diplomacy

Casa África works to promote Africa’s immense wealth and cultural diversity and encourages cultural interactions between Spain and the countries of Africa. 
In order to facilitate meetings, identify synergies and implement projects, the institution supports, for example, exhibitions of contemporary African artists, exchanges between professionals from the creative sectors, and African participation in Spanish festivals and other cultural events.

Digital diplomacy

Casa África has always worked to develop its use of information technology to transcend geographical barriers. Casa África’s digital diplomacy takes advantage of the possibilities offered by the internet and social networks to create greater connection and dialogue between African and Spanish publics. Digital diplomacy is implemented across the whole scope of actions carried out by Casa África, as well as in parallel projects which generate value and support its objectives.

Casa África is an institution of Spanish foreign policy that works to bring Africa closer to Spain by organising a wide range of activities (more than 200 each year). These allow closer and more direct relations between Spain and the countries of Africa, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. The various activities of public, economic, political and digital diplomacy promote a greater knowledge of Africa in Spain and of Spain in Africa.
From its headquarters in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, another of the fundamental objectives of Casa África is to enhance the role of the Canary Islands as a strategic platform for Africa, providing a hub for businesses, services and humanitarian aid.
Casa África is part of the Network of Casas of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, together with Casa de América, Casa Asia, Casa Árabe, Casa Mediterráneo and Centro Sefarad-Israel.
Taking into account Casa África’s mandate and additional suggestions from the consortium members as well as applying the experience acquired to the current context has led to the following definition of the general objectives:
«Casa África supports the creation and strengthening of lasting relations between Africa and Spain, generates mutual knowledge and confidence, and offers its headquarters as a meeting point for relations with Africa».

The Consortium

Casa África was constituted as a Public Consortium on 26 June 2006. The consortium is currently made up of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Government of the Canary Islands, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The Casa África Consortium is regulated by the following governing bodies: the Governing Council, the Delegate Committee and the General Management.
It also has an Advisory Council and a Diplomatic Council as advisory bodies. 
 

El Consorcio Casa África está regido por los siguientes órganos de gobierno: Consejo Rector, Comisión Delegada y Dirección General.

Cuenta, además, con otro órgano personal: el Secretario General; dos órganos consultivos: Consejo Asesor y Consejo Diplomático, y un órgano especializado: la Comisión de Gestión Patrimonial.

Patronos:

Mrs. Arancha González Laya

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

Mr. Manuel Muñiz Villa

Secretary of State for Global Spain

 

 

Mrs. Cristina Serrano Leal

Director Geneal  for Economic Diplomacy

Mr. Raimundo Robredo Rubio

Director General for Africa

Mrs. Cristina Díaz Fernández-Gil

Director for Cooperation with África and Asia, AECID

Mr. Ángel Víctor Torres Pérez

President of the Government of the Canary Islands

 

 

Mr. Román Rodríguez Rodríguez

Vice President of the Government of the Canary Islands

Mrs. Elena Máñez Rodríguez

Regional Minister of the Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands

Mr. Augusto Hidalgo Macario

Mayor-President of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Other bodies of the Consortium are:

 

Mr. José Segura Clavell

Director General of Casa África

 

The Director General of the Consortium is the highest executive position held by an individual person. The appointment is made by the Governing Council, at the proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Candidates are selected from among persons of recognised prestige and experience in international relations, especially in the African sphere, and appointment is by consensus agreement of the members of the Governing Council. 

Mr. Francisco Javier Hurtado Rodríguez

Secretary General of Casa África

 

The Secretary General of the Consortium is an individual position and is executive in nature. The appointment is made by the Governing Council, at the proposal of the Government of the Canary Islands. Candidates are selected from among persons of recognised prestige and professional experience, especially in the African sphere, and appointment is by consensus agreement of the members of the Governing Council. 

Diplomatic Council

The Diplomatic Council is an advisory body to the Consortium and is made up of the African ambassadors accredited in Spain. This Council acts through a standing committee, composed of a minimum of three and a maximum of five members, and is chaired by the dean of the African ambassadors. 

 

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a consultative body made up of people who are of note in the fields of cultural, economic or business relations with Africa. Where appropriate, they will also be joined by representatives from institutions, businesses or economic entities. Its members are appointed by the Governing Council at the proposal of the entities which form the consortium.

 

Commission for Management of the Patrimony

The Commission for Management of the Patrimony is a specialised management body of the Consortium, which assumes the functions of rehabilitation, conservation and maintenance of the headquarters of Casa África, in accordance with current regulations.

Director General
José Segura Clavell

Secretary General
Francisco Javier Hurtado Rodríguez

Manager
To be nominated

Head of Culture and Education
Juan Jaime Martínez

Head of Economy and Business
Ana Cárdenes Bilbao

Head of the Media Library and Web
Estefanía Calcines Pérez

Head of Communications
Joan Tusell Prats

Head of Institutional Affairs
Liv Tralla

Contact:
General: info@casafrica.es
General Direction: direccion.general@casafrica.es
​General Secretariat: secretaria.general@casafrica.es
Management Department: gerencia@casafrica.es
Communication Department: comunicacioncasafrica@casafrica.es
Business and Economy Depatment: economia@casafrica.es
Culture and Education Department: cultura@casafrica.es
Loan and consultation service: mediateca@casafrica.es

Telf.: (0034) 928 432 800

Director general

Jefe del Área de Medios de Comunicación

Jefa del Área Institucional

Jefa del Área de Mediateca y Web

Jefe del Área de Cultura y Educación

Jefa del Área de Desarrollo Económico y Social

Services

  • MEDIA LIBRARY

    Consult our documentary and multimedia collection where there are more than 9,000 resources available for loan and open access to 2,000 items from the multimedia archive.

  • #ÁFRICAESNOTICIA

    A daily selection of news and reports to help you understand the continent’s diverse and complex reality.

  • HEADQUARTERS

    Casa África is based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and housed in an iconic building whose courtyard is open to the public.

  • READING CLUB

    Monthly meetings held at Casa África to discuss and celebrate African literature. If you are interested in participating, write to us at cultura@casafrica.es.

     

  • ACTIVITIES

    We bring Africa closer to Spain through carrying out more than 200 activities a year in various spheres and a wide range of locations. Find out about them in our calendar or in the weekly bulletin.

  • EXHIBITIONS AND GUIDED VISITS

    Casa África offers guided tours of its facilities and of the exhibitions of contemporary African art held at its headquarters. Make a request here.

  • ENQUIRY SERVICE

    If you want to study a subject related to Africa in more depth but don’t know where to start, ask your questions of the appropriate Casa África department or through the email info@casafrica.es

Memórias

A Casa África coloca à sua disposição as memórias para que conheça as atividades e ações desenvolvidas ao longo dos nossos anos de existência.

TRANSFFERIR MEMÓRIA 2019

> Memória 2018

> Memória 2017

> Memória 2016

> Memória 2015

> Memória 2014

> Memória 2013

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Transparency

The Casa África Consortium is fully integrated into the State Public Sector and is assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Its annual accounts are audited by the IGAE and published in the Official State Bulletin. You can find details about the Consortium, together with the procurement files, on the following official website pages:

Contact

C/ Alfonso XIII, 5. 35003 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. España
Phone: +34 928 432 800
Fax: +34 928 380 683
Email: info@casafrica.es

Customer Service
Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Exhibitions
Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Media Library
Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Casa África's Media Library offers a personalised service for those users who wish to access to Casa África's bibliographic collection in search for a specific subject. They can request an appoitment by telephone (928 432 800) or by sending an email to mediateca@casafrica.es.

Those users who wish to know the content of our bibliographic collection can consult the online catalogue.

 

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