Second Italian Arab Business Forum



The Forum was a success!

• More than 600 Participants

• 19 Countries Represented

• 39 High-level Speakers

• 56 Business Meetings

• 2 Italian Arab Partnerships

• 3 New Partnerships for JIACC

The Second Italian Arab Business Forum, organized under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA-ICE), with more than 600 participants, was a great success. The Forum, organized in cooperation with the Union of Arab Chambers, the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce, the UAE Embassy in Rome and Confindustria (the main Italian industrial association), was a unique event of its kind in the Italian economic landscape and a perfect networking opportunity for all the participants.

As JIACC, we would like to thank all the Arab Embassies in Rome as well as the Italian Embassy in the UAE for their support. A special thank goes to each of our 600 participants for their enthusiastic commitment, the national and international Institutions for their exceptional contribution and all of our Sponsors, especially Intesa Sanpaolo, GK Investment Holding and Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, without which we could not rely on such a great result.

A particular thank also to all of our Partners. Among them the Sharjah Investment Authority, Emirates, Shurooq, Almaviva, Itinera and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce for their dedicated support.

Furthermore, a great thank to all our speakers for having introduced interesting and contemporary economic issues in this crucial moment for Italian Arab economic relations. To see the presentations discussed during the Forum, click here.

See you in the Third Italian Arab Business Forum, October 2019, Milan!



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H.E. Sultan Bin Said Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, gave his remarks in the Keynotes on Italian-UAE economic relations. H.E. Al Mansoori also presented the UAE economy and its main strengths, outlining how Italian companies could benefit in investing in the country.



"The strong ties between Italy and the United Arab Emirates are based on a common desire to promote economic interchange and diversification. If we look at the figures, the total volume of non-oil trade has reached the value of 7.9 billion dollars in 2017".

JIACC President, Mr. Cesare Trevisani, after opening the Welcoming Ceremony, underlined the importance of a long-lasting action to promote economic relations with Arab countries. JIACC's Italian Arab Business Forum is a durable commitment for mutual understanding and growth.



"JIACC's role must be complementary to that of the other Italian institutions, offering operational services and support to companies on a day by day basis  but also proposing new stimuli and suggesting innovative approaches. This is why, for this year's Forum, we have chosen an unusual fil rouge when we talk about economic relations with the Arab world: that of innovation".

Mr. Vincenzo Boccia, President of Confindustria (the main Italian industrial association), opened the Welcoming ceremony presenting the importance of Arab countries for the Italian industrial system. While thanking the Joint Italian Arab Chamber of Commerce for its initiative, Mr. Boccia stressed how this kind of initiatives are a fundamental moment to further  strengthen economic ties. 


"Italy must claim a central political and economic position in the Mediterranean. Italian industry and SMEs are ready to collaborate with alliances, partnerships and new innovative projects".

Mr. Khaled Hanafy, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers, delivered a speech on the mutual benefit that the Arab and Italian Chambers of Commerce can obtain with a sustained cooperation.

"The Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce welcomes all the initiatives aiming to foster business between Arab countries with the rest of the world. We are the most important representative of Arab economies."

H.E. Michele Geraci, Undersecretary of State to the Ministry of Economic Development, delivered the Keynotes and confirmed the full support of the Italian government to share expertise and technology with all its Arab partners. Undersecretary Geraci also pointed out how innovation and technology are an important part of Italian economy and how these sectors could become a driver for future Italian Arab exchanges. 

"The Middle East and North Africa regions represent respectively 4.1% and 2.7% of our export and offer multiple possibilities for collaboration, also for our SMEs. The Italian government is fully committed to foster stronger relations with Arab countries".

H.E. Manlio Di Stefano, Undersecretary of State to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, intervened with its closing remarks outlining the role of Italy in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East.

"In the Middle East, Italy can still grow by focusing on the innovation and diversification, two matters of great importance for Arab countries. For the Italian government, this is a priority".

From left to right: H.E. Saqer Nasser Al Raisi, Ambassador of the UAE to Italy, H.E. Sultan Bin Said Al Mansoori, Ministry of Economy of the UAE, JIACC President Cesare Trevisani, H.E. Liborio Stellino, Ambassador of Italy to the UAE.


New partnerships signed!

The Second Italian Arab Business Forum was also an opportunity for us to sign new fruitful partnerships with other institutions.

The first Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Institute for the Promotion of Arbitration and Mediation in the Mediterranean, ISPRAMED. The Institute works to spread the use of instruments of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR – Arbitration and Mediation) in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean trade relations. 

The second Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Lebanon, represented by Mr. Raphael Debbané, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and JIACC Board Member. The aim of the MoU is to develop new partnerships between Italy and Lebanon.

The third Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Chambre de Commerce et Industrie de la Région Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, represented by Mr. Abdallah Abbad, President of the Chamber. The MoU aims at developing further relations between Italy and Morocco.


The Gala Dinner

 The Gala Dinner, held in Palazzo Brancaccio, was a convivial moment attended by Italian and Arab Ambassadors, politicians, representatives of institutions, entrepreneurs.


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