As part of the Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM), an international seminar on “Access to Finance for SMEs in Europe and Asia” will be taking place at the Farnesina on 29 and 30 October 2015. The event is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Bank of Italy, in collaboration with the Institute of International Affairs (IAI).
The seminar aims to boost cooperation between European and Asian countries by encouraging common channels to facilitate access to credit for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and foster sustainable, innovative and inclusive development by the two regions.
On 29 October, proceedings will begin at 15.00 with an address by the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Benedetto Della Vedova. Presentations are also planned by the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Italy, Valerio Sannucci; the Director of the IAI, Ettore Greco; the Minister of Finance of the Philippines, Cesar Purisima; the Deputy Economy Minister of Indonesia, Rudy Salahuddin; and the Executive Vice President of the Bank of China, Zhang Jinliang.
On 30 October, Under-Secretary Della Vedova will close the seminar at 12.00.
The conclusions of the seminar will be carried forward to the “12th ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting” on 5 and 6 November in Luxembourg and the 11th ASEM Summit scheduled to take place in 2016 in Mongolia.
Online accreditation system.
Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the seminar should:
complete the interactive form available at http://mae.accreditationsystem.info/ITA/Indice.asp
attach all required documentation (if not already submitted) to the form, in digital format
Required digital documentation:
a letter from your media organisation
for foreign journalists in Italy: a note verbale issued by the Embassy in Rome of your media organisation’s country.
If you are unable to complete the online accreditation procedure, please send your application by email to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s Press and Institutional Communication Service, address email@example.com (tel. 06/3691.3432-8573-8210-3807).
Accredited journalists, photographers and TV crews should enter the Ministry by the main entrance (left-hand side) according to the following schedule:
29 October from 14.30 to 15.00;
30 October from 09.45 to 10.15.