Symbola Foundation - a group committed to promote Made in Italy abroad- has recently issued a report called I.T.A.L.I.A. 2017 revealing very interesting data. Italy can be innovative, creative and competitive on global markets. To give an idea, the report points out how between 2014-2017 Italian exports have increased up to 26,7 billion Euros, achieving in 2016 a new record surplus abroad with 51 billion Euros.
Commenting on the Bel Paese future Ermete Realacci - Symbola Foundation President - declared "Italy should focus on Green Economy, Culture, Innovation and Cohesion". Mr Realacci stressed how Italy is able to make the difference with its outstanding talents in different fields, very much appreciated abroad. At the same time, Italian efforts should be devoted to the biggest challenges of the time: climate change, the protection of cultural heritage, the constant need to be innovative and the social economy, on which the Bel Paese is already working hard on multiple fronts.
On this topic, Giuseppe Tripoli - Unioncamere secretary general - depicted Italy as a "bouquet of excellences of different products, brands and territories", highlighting the Italian leadership role on the global market in tourism, manufacturing and food sector. Italian industrial strength lies upon the industrial districts, which have performed extremely well over the past 7 years, giving great visibility also to fashion, automation-mechanics-rubber-plastic and homeware. The choice of Green Economy has helped a lot Italian companies: those having the best performances were those opting for green.
With regard to agriculture, Italy again stands out for its quality and organic preferences: chemical residue in products is the lowest in Europe, which is 3,2 times lower than the European average. Furthermore, a great number of Italian products are certified by the European Union as agro-food specialties. Italy is also committed in the social field, being the second country in Europe (after France) having a relevant incidence of workers employed in social activities (8.8%). Last but not least, Italy has an outstanding vocation for innovation, being again second in Europe for the number of innovative companies with at least 10 employees (54.458).