On his trip to India, Ribó was accompanied by the president of the Associació València Capital del Disseny, Marisa Gallén, and the strategic directors of the project, Xavi Calvo and Pau Rausell, together with representatives of Valencian companies that belong to the WDO, such as Point and Andreu World, as well as Carlos Ferrando of Closca, who gave a presentation during the meeting.
After publicly announcing their choice of Valencia last September, the WDO congress served to make the city’s appointment as World Design Capital 2022 official.
“For our city, being world design capital in 2022 is a real challenge and a great opportunity. This recognition gives a boost to the Valencian and Spanish creative industry, progress is made in competitiveness, our whole economy and our products are projected throughout the entire world. Furthermore, new formulas are given visibility to improve people’s lives, also through design. During the next three years, we want design to impregnate all the spheres of our city and to influence innovation in the fields of education, urban planning, communication, tourism, innovation, culture, business and ecology,” stated the mayor.