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International Procurement : the business within reach of Italian companies

The Info Day held today at the Farnesina is aimed at stimulating Italian businesses to participate in the United Nations Procurement system. The event was organised by the Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation in partnership with Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and the other Geneva- based International Organisations and the Italian Industrial Liaison Officer for CERN.  

International Organisations are important cost centres offering great opportunities for the Italian business sector: in 2016, the turnover generated by the purchase of goods and services amounted to more than 17 billion dollars, only 338 million of which were provided by Italian companies.

HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS therefore represents an occasion in which to disseminate as much information as possible not only on the opportunities but also on the ways and operating procedures through which to win good orders.

Many are the organisations that accepted the invitation to participate: the UNOG (United Nations Office at Geneva), the UNGM (United Nations Global Marketplace), the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), the CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), the FAO (the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation), the IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), the WFP (World Food Programme) and the GSC (Global Service Centre – logistics base in Brindisi).

Numerous are the commodities sectors interested in the international procurement system to be illustrated today: they span from civil engineering project design, implementation and maintenance, to security and transport systems, medical services and products, the agro-food industrial production chain, office equipment and furnishings.