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Economic diplomacy

Italian economic diplomacy is the activity of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation aimed to support Italian companies abroad and promote the country’s growth in different fields. Coordinated by the Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General for the Promotion of the Country System – which, in turn, is in constant contact with Institutions, Organizations, Associations, Enterprises, Research Centres and Universities – the over 450 offices spread throughout the world and including Embassies, Consulates, as well as ICE and ENIT units, currently integrated into the diplomatic and consular representations, Italian Cultural Institutes, and Offices of Scientific and Technological Attachés, are engaged on a daily basis to promote Italy in its economic, cultural and scientific components from an integrated perspective.

The strategic objectives that inspire economic diplomacy on a daily basis are:

  •  to support companies in their commercial penetration of emerging markets and to strengthen their positioning in traditional ones;
  • to support the local authorities’ international activities;
  • to attract productive investment, tourist flows and brilliant talents to Italy;
  • to promote Italian investment abroad.