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FLORENCE – Conference on Italian economic diplomacy and emerging countries

The role of Italian economic diplomacy with respect to Turkey, India, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, China, Russia and South Africa (the BRICS and TIMBI countries) and the Foreign Ministry’s strategic lines in support of the internationalisation of the Italian economic system. These topics were the focus of a conference hosted in Florence in early May by the Social Sciences research hub.


The event saw 4 days of interactive workshops, meetings, lectures, exhibitions and round tables, with the participation of over 80 Italian and foreign speakers. It was organised by the “We Next” Cultural Association, with the patronage of Tuscany Region and the Province, Municipality and University of Florence. Support was provided by the Tuscan branches of Confindustria (the employers’ organisation), the CNA (the artisans and small business organisation), the “Tuscany System” Foundation and the European Commission.


The internationalisation of the Italian economic system


Counsellor Vincenzo Ercole Salazar Sarsfield, Head of Office I of the Directorate General for Country Promotion, spoke at the workshop, moderated by Prof. Bagnato, on Italy’s foreign policy on the emerging countries. He illustrated the role of Italian economic diplomacy with respect to the BRICS and TIMBI countries and the Foreign Ministry’s strategic lines in support of the internationalisation of the Italian economic system. Fabrizio Coticchia of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Giampaolo Visetti, la Repubblica’s Asia correspondent, also spoke at the event.

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