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Update on the Working Groups 2018: how to participate

In 2018 the Italy China Foundation and the Italian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce jointly launched the Working Groups (GdL), which were created to share ideas, projects, problems and know-how at the service of Members and, in parallel, to provide proposals at the level of Country System for the development of Italy-China relations.
To date, the following GdLs have been launched: Digital, Chinese Investments, Italian Lifestyle / Made in Italy, Mechanics, Healthcare, Service Providers and Tourism [the IPR and Environment / Energy Working Groups have not reached the minimum number of subscriptions, therefore not will be started].

To encourage continuous participation in the working groups, we share below the guidelines of each group started.

To participate in the Working Groups, you need to send an email to specifying to which group you intend to join.
Chinese investments

After the first meeting on May 31st, the WG Chinese Investments has outlined some issues of interest for the participants:
Lack of complete and official data;
Strategic importance of sharing information and promoting the country system;
Identification of reliable tools to stimulate and direct potential investments.
Among the next actions of the WG, we underline the proposed coordination with the institutional realities of Italy and China and the push to identify strategic sectors and projects to develop M&A activities and investments in Italy.
The GdL Investimenti Cinesi, at the initiative of the Dentons member, organizes the networking cocktail open to the participants of the 2018 Working Groups and scheduled for next July 16 in Milan.
The Chinese Investment Group is coordinated by Mr. Jin Yangkun (Director of the Italy-China Foundation and General Manager of ICBC Europe S.A.) and Marino Inio (Director of the Italian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of the Unicredit International Center Italy).

Italian Lifestyle / Made in Italy

Since the first meeting of May 14, the WG has identified two main strands of interest:
Participation in the China International Import Expo (CIIE - Shanghai, 5-10 November 2017)
Development of "vertical" projects / initiatives (in particular linked to logistics, traceability and digital innovation)
Given the interest in participating in CIIE, the WG met on two occasions to deepen its participation in the event by verifying the possibilities of supplying services to Italian exhibitors by members of the Italian Lifestyle / Made in Italy Working Group.
In addition, the WG organized an institutional meeting with the next Consul General of the Italian Republic in Shanghai, Michele Cecchi, who proved to be available to support the business promotion activities also in view of the Italian presence within the CIIE.
The Italian Lifestyle / Made in Italy GdL is coordinated by Antonio Intiglietta (Vice President of the Italian Chinese Chamber of Commerce and President of Ge.Fi. Spa) and by Fabrizio Spremberg (Director of the Italy-China Foundation and Managing Director of Spremberg Srl).


Following the first meeting of the Mechanical Working Group on 30 May, the following topics were discussed:
Availability to receive indications / requests / proposals from companies to which the WG will possibly provide feedback;
Identification of channels and opportunities for developing bilateral relations also through testimonials / "best practices"
Deepening of regulatory issues and market contexts regarding the reference sector
The GdL Meccanica is coordinated by Claudio Rotti (Director of the Italy-China Foundation and Councilor of Confcommercio) and Dr. Alberto Nicolai (Director of the Italian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Head of Marketing Department of UCIMU).


Following the first meeting of the Health Working Group on June 1st, a value proposition was drawn up describing the objectives of the initiative and the related deliverables.

The health and health service aims to:
Deepen the opportunities that the Chinese Life Science market offers;
Promote the exchange of best practices and the emergence of new collaborations;
Collect themes and directions to share with Italian and Chinese stakeholders.
The sectors involved in the initiative will be mainly pharmaceuticals, healthcare and services (insurance, medical tourism, etc.). Deepening the fundamental themes of recent reforms such as access to the market (and to the different Provinces), the sales and distribution procedures and joint ventures, the Working Group aims to:
Provide an updated regulatory framework regarding the market access situation;
Identify successful cases useful for understanding the evolution of the business scenario
To put together a system of relations useful to approach the country.
The Healthcare Unit is coordinated by Diana Bracco (Executive Vice President of the Italy China Foundation and President of the Bracco Group) and by Ugo Calò (Partner of the DLA Piper law firm).

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 Tourism
Following the first meeting held last 20 June, the Tourism Group agreed on the priorities expressed by the participants:
To present the requests of Chinese tourism development in Italy to the competent institutions
Develop business and create synergies among WG participants
The following topics were discussed:
Situations that impact Chinese tourism during the organization of the trip (for example: entry visas, air routes, etc.)
Situations that impact Chinese tourism during the trip (for example: certification of tourist guides, health care, digital, etc.)
The next meeting of the WG, scheduled after the summer, aims to deepen these issues, proposing solutions and, where possible, involving facilitators. The results could be presented during key events for the sector.
The Tourism Business Unit is coordinated by Airaldo Piva (Managing Director of Hengdian Group Europe) and by Giuliana Zagarella (Partner of Digital to Asia).

The Digital GdL met for the first time on July 16th at our headquarters in Palazzo Clerici.
Under the coordination of Marco Pezzano (CEO of OBOR Consulting Srl) and Francesca Quaratino (CEO of Manafactory), the guidelines and possible operational developments of the WG were summarized in the document that can be downloaded at this link.

Service Providers

The Service Providers Working Group met for the first time on 9 July at the NCTM offices in via Agnello 12 in Milan. The coordinators are from Avv. Enrico Toti (Of Counsel NCTM Law Firm) and Dr. Riccardo Fuochi (President of OM LOG srl).

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