First of all I would like to thank you all for having given me the opportunity to represent the ITCCK as new President of the Chamber, role which I’m honored to cover.
2022 witnessed the progressive release of the social restrictions due to COVID-19 and ITCCK was able to restart with the historical Aperitivo Italiano as well as a wonderful Gala Dinner where many stakeholders of the Chambers could meet and spend a joyful evening.
We intensely worked on activities like the B2B delegations and meetings, the Ospitalità Italiana award and the Italian Food Festival and also launched some new interesting initiatives which we will be repeated in 2023 like:
• The first edition of Buy.it, connecting Italian Companies and Korean importers. In this edition the focus has been on the Agrifood but we’re working to extend this soon to other sectors;
• The Italian Wine Tasting initiative, in collaboration with Slow Wine and Vini del Piemonte, aiming to let our Korean stakeholders taste some of our most interesting wines.
Aside from this I am proud to announce the creation of an Advisory Board within ITCCK, having the goal of further fostering our initiatives and new projects as well as the image of our beautiful country here in Korea.
I would like to express my special thanks to the former President of the ITCCK, Mr. Francesco Fussi, who worked untiring and successfully in the difficult times of pandemic in order to promote and coordinate the activities of the Chamber, our Secretary General Jacopo Giuman and his team for their passionate work, as well as our Board of Directors for their active contributions.
A special thank has to be addressed to His Excellency the Italian Ambassador Federico Failla and the Italian Embassy, for their continuing support and friendship, as well as all the Italian Chambers and Government Institutions for their guidance.
I also would like to give a warm welcome to Mr. Ferdinando Gueli, the newly appointed Director of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), looking forward to working closely with him and the whole ITA team to jointly achieve our goals.
Last but not least I express my gratitude to our loyal and increasing Members whose satisfaction remains our first and ultimate scope.
Wishing all the members a prosperous 2023 for the activities you’re bringing on and wishing to the Chamber itself to be more and more supportive for all the activities of our members.
I wish you all a successful 2023! ITCCK: Italy & Korea, closer than ever.