Spain's Crown Prince Felipe said here Friday that it is "absolutely necessary" to link entrepreneurship and culture in order to establish a powerhouse of Ibero-American creative and cultural industries.

The prince was addressing the 5th Ibero-American Congress of Culture in Zaragoza.

The present is a "crucial moment in Ibero-America because depending on the activities we carry out together - in government, civil society and the cultural sector - on those will depend the degree to which our community will come together as a great cultural space in today's world," Felipe said.

"But we must do it together and in time, avoiding the so-called digital gap and postioning ourselves in the vanguard as new challenges arise," he added.

The prince, accompanied by Spanish Education, Culture and Sport Minister Jose Ignacio Wert, Ibero-American Secretary-General Enrique Iglesias and Aragon regional president Luisa Fernanda Rudi, bestowed the Emprende con Cultura (Cultural Start-up) Awards.

The six winners were chosen from among the 20 finalist projects, one for each Ibero-American country, who presented their ideas Thursday to those attending the congress.

"We need entrepreneurs like them - like you - because you don't just create culture, you also create wealth, jobs and a value-added for out societies. Thank you for your work," Prince Felipe told the winners.

After recalling that creative and cultural industries, understood in their widest sense, have more and more impact on Ibero-American countries' national economies in creating jobs and promoting a better quality of life, the prince stressed the role of education. EFE