After recording a very positive performance in the first eight months of the year, Italy has become Canada’s 7th-largest supplier and the 2nd-largest trade partner in Europe after Germany but ahead of the United Kingdom. Positive is also the trend in investments and procurement contracts finalised by Italian companies.
These excellent results were analysed at the “Economic Performance Meeting 2019”, an annual meeting organised by the Italian Embassy in Ottawa, convening all the Italian businesses operating in Canada to take stock of the coordination activities for the promotion of Brand Italy in the large North American Country.
“In these last few years, we have created a network to support our enterprises throughout the territory of Canada,” said Italian Ambassador in Canada, Claudio Taffuri. He added: “We achieved this through an effective and innovative working method aimed at shortening distances between the State, enterprises and citizens, based on the awareness of the value added that can derive from a more fluid exchange of information, also through the use of increasingly efficient and modern instruments with which to share knowledge.”
In addition to the members of Italian Institutions in Canada, the meeting was also attended by more than thirty representatives of major Italian companies operating on the territory of Canada. Great appreciation was expressed for the contributions by two representatives of Canadian Authorities (the Director General of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Lorenzo Ieraci, and the Executive Director at Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Tammy Switucha) who respectively illustrated the new legislation on public procurement and the health regulations on the import of agri-food products.
The meeting also offered the opportunity to launch the “Guide to Investments in Canada” and the “Guide to Government Procurement”, co-drafted by the Italian Embassy in Ottawa and the ICE Office in Toronto, two new tools to provide information to Italian businesses on the Canadian market. Download them here: