Italy attracts investors at AIM Congress 2019

The Italian stand at AIM Congress organized by the Italian Trade Agency welcomed a record number of visitors interested in knowing more about investment opportunities in Italy.

Italy attracts investors at AIM Congress 2019

Dubai, UAE: As one of the key players in the European Union and the fifth largest manufacturing economy in the world, Italy presented a strong case for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) at AIM Congress 2019. The Italian stand at AIM Congress organized by the Italian Trade Agency welcomed a record number of visitors interested in knowing more about investment opportunities in Italy.

Gianpaolo Bruno, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan, said: “The Italian Government provides various benefits to foreign investors including investment loans at discounted rates of interest, state guarantee for exporters and other financial aid. Foreign investors can enjoy valuable returns on their investment in logistics sector, real estate, Italian tourism industry, food sectors, IT, pharma, electronics and consumer goods.”

Attendees at Italy’s country presentation learned about opportunities for SMEs who want to invest in Italy and contribute to innovation and employment. Sine these companies do not always have the necessary networks to grow their business and to help them, Italy offers facilities like the ELITE project that can help develop a SME’s potential and create new business opportunities by creating a network of institutions, Partner Equity Markets, private equity and institutional investors.

At the stand, visitors also got to know more about investment prospects in various regions of Italy like the Emilia Romagna region. With a population of 4.46 million inhabitants, strong regional manufacturing sector, six leading universities and ranked as one of the 10 super exporting regions in Europe, Italy’s Emilia Romagna region is ripe for investments. The region is turbo-charging the digital transformation of its manufacturing base, by attracting new investment from foreign companies to expand current factories or to build new ones. It is a world leader in the automotive, packaging machinery, tiles, food and wellness sectors, with excellent skills in many other sectors ranging from biomedical to fashion.

Another highlight, that interested potential investors, was opportunities for investment in FICO, the world’s largest food park covering an area of 100,000 square metre in Bologna. The real estate fund PAI (Parchi Agroalimentari Italiani) which is the operating tool for the development and promotion of the FICO Eataly World Park is dedicated to the investment in land and real estate assets to be used for projects aimed at the promotion of Italian agrifood excellences.

This was Italy’s second year of participation at AIM Congress, a forum for thousands of business-to-business and government-to-business meetings. The three-day summit was attended by ministers, state ministers, governors, heads of government delegations, senior government officials and private investors.


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About the Italian Trade Agency (ITA)

The Italian Trade Agency is the Government agency which promotes the globalization of Italian firms, under the aegis of the Ministry of Economic Development. ITA helps to develop, facilitate and promote Italian economic and trade relations with foreign countries, focusing on the needs of SMEs, their associations and partnerships. ITA sustains Italian firms in their internationalization process, promoting and marketing Italian goods and services, as well as the image of "Made in Italy" products around the world, while facilitating outward Italian investments and encouraging FDI attraction into Italy. ITA provides a wide range of services such as information, support and consultancy services and organizes a wealth of promotional activities in order to foster exports and economic cooperation in all sectors, with the objective of increasing the effectiveness of the presence of Italian companies on international markets. ITA is headquartered in Rome and operates through a large network of Trade Promotion Offices linked to Italian Embassies and Consulates. The Dubai office is the ITA branch responsible for UAE, Oman and Pakistan.

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