I just thought I’d give a brief account of the March 19th’s seminar “Trade with Canada”.
Unfortunately, the date and timing coincided with many other university activities so turn-out was limited. Having a small but dedicated audience meant, however, that instead of following the standard presentation format we had the luxury of using the time for guided discussion between participants and the audience.
I would like to thank personally both Anne Martel from the Canadian Embassy in Rome and Roberto Forni from Confindustria – FBL group for their time and energy as presenters. It was a very informative and useful afternoon. I would also like to thank the students, members of the public, and professors who were able to come and listen and contribute. There were some really interesting questions and points.
I’d also like to thank Marco Cioppi and the Cl4 administration for providing sponsorship for the coffee break, it was a very useful time for personal exchange between the students, Mrs. Martel and Mr. Forni. I think we all appreciated the fine refreshments provided by the Faculty of Economics bar staff.
Finally, I’d like to thank those professors who expressed interest and helped me organise the event given the scheduling conflicts, in particular Giorgio Calcagnini, Tonino Pencarelli, Fabio Musso, Selena Aureli and the office of the Faculty president, Giancarlo Ferrero. Thank you for your practical and moral support!
Effective publicity was provided by the the University of Urbino’s web radio staff – reading our press release on the hour every hour. Thank you.
Special thanks also to Concetta Tagarelli for helping me put together the posters, find a date and room and organise registration – and of course to our student tutor Laura Ferrara for helping me manage the auditorium while I had to be in 3 places at once!
So – what did we talk about?
Mrs. Martel, substituting for Mr. Khawar Nasim – Minister Counsellor of the Economic Division of the Embassy of Canada in Rome, presented an overview of Canada’s trade and business position in the world, with specific regard to it’s relations with Italy. Her talk was particularly interesting as she spoke about many of the cultural aspects of doing business with Canadians as well as questions that arise when Canadians do business in Italy.
Roberto Forni gave a very interesting talk/discussion on the model for Italians wishing to expand or do business in foreign countries. He presented a picture of the business environment in Italy and the province of Pesaro/Urbino as well as an analysis of Italy’s comparative advantage in global commerce and cultural questions still to be addressed in this country in order to promote better the cause of Italian business success globally, but also to combat negative stereotypes.
I must say – three hours flew by. Thanks again to all those who helped make the afternoon a success.