Italy-China, two days dedicated to online b2b

The collaboration between the ICcf, Intesa Sanpaolo and the ICBC continues

The collaboration between Intesa Sanpaolo, Icbc-Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Italy China Council Foundation-Iccf continues in support of business development along the Italy-China route. As part of the memorandum of understanding signed between the three institutions in November 2021, the ‘2023 China-Italy Online Business Matchmaking in Food, Furniture and Fashion’ initiative was organised, a two-day online b2b event which took place in days of yesterday and today and which involves Italian and Chinese companies operating in the three iconic sectors of Made in Italy. Co-organizers of the event are ICBC Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Ningbo and ICBC (Europe) Milan Branch.

Several Italian companies have signed up and who, after a rigorous selection process, have met their Chinese counterparts, 15 companies located in the province of Zhejiang (6), in Shanghai (4), in Jiangsu (3) and in Guangdong ( 2). The matches were held exclusively online, during the mornings, to facilitate the presence of participants from both countries. 42 appointments lasting 30 minutes were scheduled, for each one the support of interpreters and facilitators was foreseen.

“This initiative is further confirmation of the important collaboration established in these difficult years by two banks of primary importance, such as Intesa Sanpaolo and ICBC, and by a reality such as ICcf, whose mission has always been to support the entrepreneurial system between Italy and China – said Mario Boselli, Iccf president -. Thanks to the recent reopening of direct connections, these b2b can be an excellent premise for future face-to-face meetings, as well as acting as a driving force not only for production and distribution activities but also for the arrival of Chinese tourists in our country, which they appreciate our lifestyle and our products, the three Fs of beauty and well-made at the center of this event”.

“In the current economic context – says Rosario Strano, head of the Intesa Sanpaolo China project – cooperation with important and institutional partners such as the ICBC and ICcf is proving to be increasingly necessary, with whom we work in close synergy in order to concretely support the internationalization of businesses and SMEs present in the two respective countries. This event represents, in fact, a real opportunity for exchange and promotion for companies operating in the same reference areas, albeit in different markets. Intesa Sanpaolo, once again, undertakes to provide full support to the economic growth of the entrepreneurial fabric and the production chain, confident that Made in Italy is one of the country’s strengths, in terms of quality recognized abroad, and that the development of b2b on the Italy-China route can allow us to seize the opportunities offered by a market of extraordinary potential such as the Chinese one”.

“Since its arrival in Italy in 2011, ICBC Milan has been strongly committed to supporting Italian economic development and improving trade relations between Italy and China – underlines Cheng Xuan, General Manager ICBC Milan Branch -. That’s why we are particularly pleased to have contributed to the organization of these b2b meetings between Italian and Chinese SMEs, in the certainty that these meetings will be the first of a long series”. The trilateral Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the occasion of the fourth edition of the China International Import Expo and is aimed in particular at the SME segment with the aim of effectively supporting the world of Italian and Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises through financial and non-financial services affected by industrial and commercial activities in the two reference markets.