Sandro Rosell and John Hoffman / FOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the support FC Barcelona wishes to show for mobile technology capital in the city of Barcelona were the topics of a meeting between president Sandro Rosell, the city's mayor Xavier Trias, the president of Fira, Agustí Cordón the delegate councillor for the GSMA, John Hoffman.

Rosell, shortly before the game between Barça and Real Madrid on Wednesday, presented Hoffman with a first team shirt and said he was enthusiastic about the club's support for the city's hosting of the MWC from February 27 to March 1, after the organisers of the congress, GSMA, ratified their decision to continue the event through to 2018.

FC Barcelona was one of the biggest players in the campaign to prevent the biggest mobile telephone fair in the world from being moved to another city, once again showing how influential the club can be in international markets. The club's effort to keep the MWC in Barcelona is just one of many examples of the club's wish to promote the image and economy of the city and Catalonia.

"A great opportunity for Barcelona and Catalonia"

At Wednesday's meeting, FC Barcelona was also represented by vice president Carles Vilarrubí and the director responsible for new technologies, Dídac Lee. It was Lee who stated that the Mobile World Congress is "a great opportunity for Barcelona and Catalonia and we want to do all we can to help".

Dídac Lee also announced that the club shall shortly be presenting a mobile technology programme as part of the city's candidature to host the MWC. This programme "will help foster the mobile technology sector, which has undergone so much growth in recent years", he said.

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