The XIV Conference of Italian Ambassadors around the World, held in Rome at the Farnesina on 20th and 21st December, celebrated the ‘Italian system’ as a model of recovery, and economic and cultural engine in Europe.
The event, titled ‘Restarting together: the contribution of Italy’s foreign and European policy to the transformation of the international system,’ was attended by about 130 representatives of Italy’s diplomatic missions around the world, to discuss the actions that have brought added value to the security and growth of our country.
In his address, the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, praised the activities carried out by the Italian diplomatic corps, emphasising the need to continue to work in communion with EU countries, to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and the economic crisis.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, reiterated how a network of dynamic connections can create development opportunities and stimulate the flow of goods, people, capital and technologies. “Italy’s geopolitical position and its vocation for exports drive us towards international cooperation, mediation and multilateralism,” he said.
The Secretary General at the Farnesina, Ettore Sequi, cited Italy’s excellent export results, thanks to the work of diplomacy and market knowledge. The promotion of the ‘Italian system’ abroad has seen exports in the first 10 months of 2021 (almost 423 billion euros) exceed the 356 billion of the same period in 2020, and also the 402 billion of the first 10 months of 2019, a golden year for Italian exports. A rising Programme is expected for 2022 regarding the presentation of production chains, scientific and technological poles and innovations in the fields of energy and mobility.
At the end of the conference, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, thanking the Ambassadors for their professionalism, dedication and sense of State, highlighted Italy’s strength and unity in overcoming critical situations. The economy is recovering, thanks to the commitment of workers and entrepreneurs, and the driver of the PNRR will contribute to the regeneration of the country and the reconfirmation of its centrality on the international scene.
The President of the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Giuseppe Marino, hopes that Italy’s excellent strategy towards foreign markets will continue to progress and lead our companies to become increasingly successful in Europe.” From the Conference – continues the President – it is clear how much the ‘Italian system’ has worked. Our Chamber will continue, as always, to play the role of promotion and support to Italian companies in the region working in synergy with the all the involved institutions”.
With a view to further develop synergies aimed to support internationalization process of its members, the Chamber, among other activities and initiatives, will promote a Business Forum in 2022 extended to more countries in the Mediterranean Region.
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Last modified: January 13, 2022