It is a great honor and privilege for me to act as a new President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Republic of Korea (ITCCK). While ushering this important task, I wish to thank the former President, Mr. Nicolas Piccato, for his commitment to promote in the past two years the Italian business in Korea, as well as the ITCCK members for supporting my election.
I am very committed to make all the necessary efforts to even strengthen the trade relations between Italy and Korea. In doing so, I know I can count on a great team: the ITCCK Secretariat, effectively led by Mr. Roberto Martorana, his staff, our new advisors and all the friends and members who play institutional roles in the Chamber will be vital to achieve our goals. Let me also thank the Ambassador of Italy to Korea, H.E. Marco della Seta, as well as the Embassy as a whole and all the Italian institutions based in this country for the fundamental cooperation with the ITCCK activities. Let me proudly say that the “Sistema Italia” in Korea is working and unity constitutes something we have to keep investing on.
We have challenges and opportunities ahead. In the last months, an increasing attention to the Korean market has been shown by the Italian entrepreneurs. A large business Italian delegation, involving Ministries, Trade Unions, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Banks, had meetings with their counterparts in Seoul last March. By following up to it, the ITCCK will keep operating to make Korea even more attractive for Italian investments as well as to create broader business links among Italian and Korean companies.
This could be done by acting together as a “system”, sharing ideas and proposals and actively participating at the ITCCK initiatives. I believe that, in a forward-looking perspective, we all have to be able to identify new trends in business, to open up to opportunities in new sectors of bilateral cooperation and to find out strategies to increase our commercial presence in Korea. Creativity and common work are key elements to foster a stronger increase in the ties between Italy and Korea.
In conclusion, as a new President of the ITCCK, let me share with all the ITCCK members my enthusiasm and determination to make the Italian Chamber even more successful in the near future.