|Italy's New World: Beyond Fiat and Chrysler: Opportunities with Italy and the New Economy |
Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce's Commercial Service-Houston, the International Trade Center, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce and Italian General Consulate-Houston
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
International Trade Center
11110 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 200
Houston Texas 77072
The Honorable Cristiano Maggipinto,
Consul General of Italy - Houston
11:30 a.m. - Registration & Lunch served
Introductions: Mr. John Robbins, Manager ITC
Mr. Duaine Priestly, Director, Department of Commerce Houston
Honorable Cristiano Maggipinto, Consul General Italy - Houston
Mr. Luciano Topi, President of Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, Texas
Topic: Trade Relations between Italy and America/New Business Opportunities
For Italian and Texas Companies Mr. Brando Ballerini, President of Drillmec, Inc.
Topic: Discussion of U.S. Subsidiary of Drillmec s.p.a., a Major Italian Company's Activities Engaged in Oil Drilling Projects in Texas
Before 1945 most of the Italian population was engaged in some form of agriculture. Since 1945, Italy industrialized rapidly, particularly in manufacturing and engineering to the point where less than 5 per cent of the population is now working in agriculture. The tourism industry now enjoys a major position in the economy alongside other service industries such as communications media and financial services. Italy continues to rely heavily on the export of manufactured goods, particularly of industrial machinery, aircraft, vehicles, chemicals, electronics, textiles and clothing. Its particular strengths are in advanced manufacturing techniques and systems, high-quality design and precision engineering. Genoa, Milan and Turin form the industrial triangle of Italy and Bologna, Florence, Padua, Rome, Verona and Vicenza also have important business centers.
All of the country's oil and many of its raw materials must be imported, presenting excellent opportunities for US companies looking to export and provide services to the oil and gas sector, the automotive, among others.Italy was among the founding members of the Euro-zone during 1999. The current Berlusconi government is trying to implement a program of tax cuts and labor reform which are intended to boost economic performance. The bulk of Italy's trade is conducted with its EU partners, but it also has important trade links with the USA, Canada, the Russian Federation, Latin America, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Kazakhstan, revolving in large part around the growing importance of the oil and gas industry, with ENI highlighting those world class Italian companies.
Pre-registration deadline: May 18, 2009 -- $25;at the door $30
To pre-register, fax the completed form below to: the International Trade Center at fax: 832-448-0189. Or register at the door.
For questions on registration or the International Trade Center, please call Jennifer Lopez at 832-448-0190.
Lunch is included.
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