“The Italian Government, starting from the launch of the ‘Destination Italy” programme in 2013, has placed attracting foreign investments among its top priorities through a ‘systematic’ reorganisation of the sector with the aim of improving the business environment for companies looking at Italy. Indeed, business people’s interest for Italy is very high, as I was able to find out directly when I met with many of them, both in Italy and abroad. Personally, I have put economic diplomacy at the centre of my mandate at the Farnesina, as testified by the stops of the roadshow ‘The Farnesina Meets Companies’, which have already taken me to numerous Italian cities. Economic diplomacy means supporting the Italian economy by helping our companies to expand abroad and by working to attract ever-more foreign companies to invest in Italy. Indeed, our Country offers great opportunities as Europe’s second-largest manufacturing Country and a gateway to the 500 million consumers in the European Union and to the 270-million market in the Countries of the Southern Mediterranean and of the Middle East,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, at the event: “Investing in Italy: Regulatory and Institutional Framework for Foreign Investments” taking place at the Farnesina from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. today, 13 of June.
This first inter-ministerial meeting on attracting foreign investments was co-organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry for Economic Development and by the Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces.
The event, which was open with remarks by Minister Alfano, offered the opportunity to illustrate the Government’s strategy to improve the business environment and thus make our Country more attractive for foreign investments.
Addressed to the ambassadors and diplomats of nearly 50 Countries, as well as to the representatives of multinational corporations operating in Italy and law and consulting firms, the event also presented the “Global Attractiveness Index” by The European House – Ambrosetti, a multi-dimensional analytical model on the Country’s attractiveness.
The day’s programme also included contributions by representatives of the institutions that operate in this sector who will bring their testimony: Nuovo Pignone - G.E. Oil & Gas, Huawei and the American fund Ramius, three important foreign companies that have confided and invested in Italy.