Spanish prime minister meets with Samsung chairman, to discuss manufacturing semiconductor plant in Spain

Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Jae-yong met with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, on Friday. The Spanish Prime Minister said that the purpose of this visit to South Korea is to speed up cooperation between the two countries in various fields such as economy and culture.

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Sanchez apparently asked Li to invest in manufacturing semiconductors in Spain, noting that European countries have expressed interest in joining the global semiconductor supply chain. When Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Han Jong-hee visited Madrid in September, the prime minister reportedly asked Samsung to invest in his country.

Moreover, the Spanish government earlier unveiled plans to invest 12 billion euros ($12 billion) in the chip industry, with the aim of convincing global chipmakers including Samsung Electronics to produce sub-5nm chips in Spain. US-based Cisco has decided to invest in the European country, according to industry officials.

Pedro Sanchez said that “Semiconductors are a very critical area in the world economy,” he said. “And Spain is looking to develop this area further in the future.”