growth of an enterprise can envisage either
its expansion abroad, namely the investment
of financial and human resources outside
the Italian borders, or the export
of goods. Specific authorities and institutions
ensure this possibility and, more generally,
the principle of freedom of economic and
financial relations with foreign countries.
If, on the one hand, the State intervenes
with economic policies, on the other hand,
various subjects provide information and
services to steer those who want to know
the real opportunities of a global market.
The Foreign Trade Bureau of the Ministry
of Productive Activities deals with foreign
trade and with the internationalisation
of the Italian economic system.
Additional public authorities acting within
the same sector are: the Ministry of the
Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, the National Institute for Foreign
Trade (ICE), the Special Section for Export
Credit Insurance (SACE), the Italian Financial
Institution for Italian Companies Abroad
At a local level, entrepreneurs can address
their Chamber of Commerce and the relevant
desk for Internationalisation to collect
information and receive support.
The Italian Chambers System participates
in the process favouring entrepreneurial
expansion by both putting at the enterprise
disposal the necessary information and
assistance, and offering a series of services.
The Chambers avail themselves of a multiplicity
of subjects operating throughout the territory
at different levels: Foreign Trade Centres,
Euro Info Centres, and the Italian Chambers
of Commerce Abroad.
These Chambers, represented in Italy by
are associations of local entrepreneurs
of Italian origin which are able to provide,
as to the knowledge of foreign market,
effective support to the Italian businessmen.
The activity of Mondimpresa
is also included within this framework,
aiming at favouring and assisting the
Italian enterprises in the process of
integration in international markets,
by promoting any possible forms of economic,
commercial, industrial and financial cooperation.
The Chambers activities in the field of
foreign trade can be summed up into two
for foreign trade