II BGI Biannual Conference 2007 - Tanger, Morocco

The 2nd BGI Biannual Conference was held in Tangiers (Morocco) from November 29th until December 2nd 2007, an exotic setting, where the office of Balms & Cruz Morocco is situated. This law firm was created as a Joint Venture by two BGI members, Cruz & Co and Balms Abogados. Representatives of almost every law firm belonging to BGI attended the event, being a total amount of 30 delegates plus guests who accompanied them. Also, two guests, representatives of IMQ Iberica, attended the event and demonstrated their work methods. This company provides services aimed at achieving product and system certification and environment protection accreditations for businesses.

Date 09/12/2007

The event began with a reception and cocktail party in the gardens of the Minzah, the hotel that was chose for the stay of all the attendees of the Conference, located at the very centre of the city, next to the zoco (the Moroccan market). The atmosphere of the cocktail party was enlivened by a typical Moroccan group of musicians and belly dancers.

The Conference sessions took place on the following day in the meeting room Jazmine at the hotel, where, after the introductory speeches of the hosts of the Conference and BGI President, there was a presentation of the accounting report and an update on projects being carried out in the network. These include the publication of the latest edition of the periodical magazine of the association (BGI News 2007) and the first edition of the specialist magazine, Balms International Law Magazine, dealing with Real Estate issues in the first edition. Also, there was a presentation of the work-in-progress web pages for the new network website, this project being unanimously approved by those present at the Meeting.

At 2 p.m. the session was closed and all the delegates and guests went for lunch to the restaurant El Erz, located in one of the terraces of the hotel. After lunch, BGI members met in the gardens of the hotel for the traditional group photograph. The session was resumed at 15:30 pm with a presentation on the quality system and environmental management for businesses, given by a representative of IMQ Iberica, Mr. Joan Matías.

The General Meeting concluded with an exchange of experiences, ideas and strategies in a relaxed and friendly dialogue between members. During the evening, the participants enjoyed a typical Moroccan dinner at the well-know restaurant Riad Tanja, by invitation of the partners of Balms & Cruz Morocco and hosts of the Conference, Juan Luís Balmaseda de Ahumada, Julio Aguado and Nicholas Cruz.

On Saturday, BGI members visited the new building, still under construction, where the offices of Balms & Cruz will be located, in the emblematic Tangerian neighbourhood of California. After this short visit, the participants went on a trip to Asilah where they took a guided tour through this little but charming fishing town. After that, they came back to Tangiers and once mores they enjoyed typical Moroccan gastronomy at a dinner held in the luxurious hotel Le Mirage.

On Sunday December 2nd, most of the attendees returned home, but some took the opportunity to tour around the country and extend their stay by a few more days.

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