More than 30 companies with interests and offices in Canada met in Ottawa with Italian institutional representatives at an event chaired by Italian Ambassador Claudio Taffuri.
The consul generals of Italy in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver took part in the meeting. Also attending were the directors of Cultural Institutes, the representatives of the Ministry of Defence, the Italian Trade and Investment Agency (ICE), Italian Government Tourist Board (ENIT), Italian Chambers of Commerce and the Bank of Italy. The meeting was also attended by representatives of leading companies in Canada, including: Astaldi, ATB Riva Calzoni, Bracco, BT Consulting, Campari, Del Corona & Scardigli, Delmar Chemicals, Enel Green Power, Ferrero, Fincantieri, IDS Nord America, iGuzzini, Leonardo, Mapei, Mecaer, Pregel, Rina Services and Thor and Partners.
The Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, Lawrence Schembri, outlined developments and prospects for Canada's economy following a Monetary Policy Report published by the bank. His points were particularly appreciated.
Ambassador Taffuri said: “Clear guidelines for actions and projects coordinated by institutions and entreprises are needed, if we want to enhance the effectiveness of our actions. In a complex and well-organised reality, such as the one in Canada, it is a winning choice to identify precise objectives and to network. Meetings such as today’s represent a definitely effective operational modality offering the opportunity for mutual sharing and strategic considerations.”
Figures on trade between Italy and Canada continue to show an upward trend. In the first nine months of this year, Italian exports increased by more than 12 per cent. Italy still ranks eighth among countries supplying Canada and, more importantly, it is first among European exporters in the food and beverage sector, and fourth worldwide.