South Africa-Italy Summit, first edition
The first South Africa-Italy Summit, an initiative developed and promoted by The European House – Ambrosetti together with the South African partner Grown Consulting, took place in Cape Town on October 2 and 3, 2014.
The goal of the Summit is to build a selected community of business leaders to grow their companies in the two countries and continents.
Taking part in this first edition were over 100 top executives of Italian and South African companies, economists and representatives of government who discussed the strategic opportunities in the two countries, how to stimulate exchange and new collaboration across-the-board, and create a shared platform for entering and expanding into the Sub-Saharan continent.
With this Summit, The European House – Ambrosetti has confirmed its ability to create content and ideas to take full advantage of the major opportunities offered by this market, developing platforms for relations between world leaders to be used to shape development partnerships, on the model of the Forum held at Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, Italy, one of the most influential economic Forums in the world which, in 2014, celebrated its 40th year.
Topics of the first edition
The main topics on the agenda were:
- Relations between South Africa and Italy in the current geopolitical and economic-scenario
- The challenges and opportunities offered by the South African and Sub-Saharan African manufacturing sector
- The growth of the energy sector and incentives for foreign investments
- The development of the agri-industry supply chain in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Culture as a key driver for sustainable economic and technological development
- The role of the banking and financial system.
The South Africa-Italy think tank created by The European House – Ambrosetti brought together leading figures from the two countries and its activity over the past year has produced ideas and projects to concretize collaboration in major sectors with a high potential for development: manufacturing, energy and agribusiness.