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Premier Conte to open the second edition of the Sustainable Economy Forum

In San Patrignano, on 4 and 5 April, two days to discuss sustainability and responsibility together with more than 60 international speakers

The President of the Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte, will inaugurate the second edition of the Sustainable Economy Forum. The Premier will hold the opening speech of the international event that on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April will see more than sixty top Italian and foreign speakers discuss and share experiences on sustainability and responsibility issues.

The Sustainable Economy Forum 2019 is an initiative of Confindustria and San Patrignano. Institutional partners: E4Impact and International Trade Center; main partner: BNP Paribas, Sole24Ore; top partners: Accenture, Eni, Hitachi Rail STS, Intesa San Paolo; partners: Aon, Bracco, Acqua Alma – Celli Group brand, Ente Microcredito, IGP Decaux, Lavazza; with the support of the IBM Foundation; official car Ford.

The Sustainable Economy Forum is starting its second edition with an even richer format in content and protagonists, to deepen the dialogue effectively started last year in two days of talks and debates among entrepreneurs, economists, policy makers, social actors, intellectuals and researchers, and to offer long-term solutions to the most pressing global challenges.

“Last year we said goodbye with the promise to committ ourselves to ensure that sustainability and social responsibility were increasingly a driving force to effective development – recalls Letizia Moratti, co-founder of the San Patrignano Foundation – We have to face new challenges, social, environmental and economic changes that require new ways of thinking and acting. The Forum aims to represent an incentive and a first spark to build a new alliance between national and international institutions and the business world, to create a more open, fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable society”.

“In a phase in which the economy slows down on a national and international scale, it is necessary to combine the traditional idea of development with a different one, which comes through sustainability and social responsibility, also to provide a concrete contribution to a complex issue such as immigration – highlights Vincenzo Boccia, President of Confindustria -. Encouraging growth, making society more open, fighting poverty and inequality: with these objectives Confindustria has decided to call on the entrepreneurs on three trails of a program for the training of entrepreneurs and the development of small businesses in Africa. This model can become a good practice for the benefit of all European countries and the European Union as a whole. Our Country, which is central, linking Europe and the Mediterranean, can play a fundamental role in achieving an open and inclusive Europe, able to reduce the distances between territories, businesses and people. So that the richest market in the world can also become the best place for young people, work and businesses”.

“The project platform signed last year by Confindustria, San Patrignano and E4Impact Foundation, with the collaboration of the International Trade Center, represents the basis on which the Forum’s work will be developed – underlines Piero Prenna, President of the San Patrignano Community -. The values and philosophy of the project are the same that guide San Patrignano since its foundation: subsidiarity, the value of work and training for inclusion, economic sustainability, the social character of the enterprise, mentoring”.

The first day of the Forum, April 4, will be dedicated to sustainability, with a specific focus on the African continent. After the greetings by Vincenzo Boccia and Letizia Moratti, the keynote speech by Sir Ronald Cohen, international philanthropist and pioneer of social impact finance, president of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, will introduce the round tables where will be discussed the project “Together for Africa” by Confindustria, San Patrignano and E4impact, which follows the guidelines of the platform presented at the end of the last edition.

Mentoring, social finance, inclusion, green and social bonds for development will be at the center of the talks in which will take part speakers like Mario Baccini President of the National Microcredit Agency; Antonella Baldino, Chief International Development Finance Officer, Cassa depositi e prestiti; Monica Simeone, Co-Director of the Milano Committee in charge of Migration Area, Italian Red Cross; Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Center; Giovanni Brugnoli, Vice President for Human Capital of Confindustria; Marcella Panucci, General Director of Confindustria.

Speakers at the Forum on April 4 will also be Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Emilia-Romagna Region; Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan; Andrea Gnassi, Mayor of Rimini.

In the afternoon will be then deepened the themes of sustainability, transparency and their impact, of finance and sustainable technology, and how sustainability itself can shape the cities and communities. Among the speakers, Dario Scannapieco, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank; Amel Karboul, CEO, Education Outcomes Fund and Secretary General of the Maghreb Economic Forum; Fabio Benasso, CEO and President of Accenture Italy, Greece and Central Europe; Enrico Cereda, Chairman and CEO of IBM Italy; Lorena Dellagiovanna, Country Manager of Hitachi Italy; Gaela Bernini, General Secretary of the Bracco Foundation and CSR Director of Bracco.

In continuity with these issues, the second day of work of the Forum, on April 5th, will focus on responsibility. Responsible growth will be the topic of the keynote speech by the eminent economist Enrico Giovannini, an initial reflection that will be articulated and deepened in the round tables dedicated to nutrition, production, work, innovation and development. Speakers include Máximo Torero Cullen, Assistant Director General, Economic and Social Development Department of FAO; Giuseppe Lavazza, Vice President of Lavazza Group; Ivano Vacondio, President of Federalimentare; Stefano Venier, CEO of the Hera Group; Simone Mori, President of Elettricità Futura; Tiziano Tassi, CEO of Caffeine; Carlo Robiglio, President Small and Medium Enterprises, Confindustria.

The round tables will be moderated by Luca Orlando, journalist of Il Sole 24 Ore.