On February 23, 2016, representatives from Italy and the United States will meet for the fourth edition of Italy Meets USA , a one-of-a-kind summit. This year’s event will focus on what is changing in Italy, opportunities Italy represents for American corporations and investors, and how the American market can be better explored by Italian companies.
The Italy Meets Usa agenda
The Italy Meets USA agenda will cover four primary content areas: geopolitics, legislation reforms in Italy, Italy’s competitiveness and best excellences and corporations and their role to strengthen Italy’s positioning in the US.
From a geopolitical point of view, in a very critical junction of world affairs (especially in the Middle East), Italy’s strategic geographical position and knowledge of this area are critical in addressing the wave of instability that could potentially harm economic global growth.
At the same time, from a regulatory perspective, Italy is implementing far-reaching reforms in sectors critical to business (such as labor law, justice, tax reduction, public administration, schools) and becoming an increasingly business-friendly country.
For what concerns the Italian competitiveness and innovation, Italy can boast being recognized as excelling in strategic high tech sectors (robotics, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, high tech) together with other traditional sectors such as food and fashion. These equally attractive industries and companies are not as well-known abroad but still can be appealing for U.S. investors and on the other side can take advantage of expanding internationally.
Last but not least, the summit will be focus on the complexity of global business which today requires artful collaboration toward a common goal. Italy proposes a systemic approach led by progressive Italian CEOs, who will take part in the panels and whose stories can open the way to cross-border opportunities.
The role of IB&II
All the Italy Meets USA summit is organized by the Italian Business & Investment Initiative (IB&II). Based in New York, the IB&II, founded by by Fernando Napolitano a 20 year veteran of Booz Allen Hamilton, has a created a web of relationships with the local business community to facilitate SMEs and high-tech start ups to internationalize. Their series of biannual events in New York provides the U.S. venture capital and private equity investment communities a platform through which be introduced to some of the most exciting small businesses in that sector, and to make investments into them.
The IB&II launched in 2013 the first edition of the summit Italy Meets USA , whose objective is to facilitate a direct dialogue between Italian leadership – government, corporations, civil society — and US investors and opinion maker. These investment opportunities not only spur growth in the US and Italian economies, but also clearly showcase the talent and innovative thinking that demonstrates Why Italy Matters to the World.
The Italy Meets USA summit will be occurred at the n.10 On the Park at Time Warner Center, North Tower, 10th Floor 60 Columbus Circle New York, NY
Below you can watch the event live streaming