Founded in November 2003 by Cesare Romiti, the Italy China Foundation acts and supports institutions and companies to promote political, economic, commercial, scientific and cultural exchanges between the two countries. The Foundation originates - integrating, strengthening and completing their aims and activities - from two important institutions active since the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries: the Italy China Chamber of Commerce (founded in 1970) and the Italy China Institute (founded in 1971).
The Foundation pursues the objectives of:
- facilitate the flow of people, ideas, capital, goods and services between Italy and China
- foster and support collaboration and entrepreneurial / industrial penetration in both countries
- promote Made in Italy
From the twenty founding members, the Foundation has grown over time and now has offices in Milan, Beijing and Chongqing, over 200 partners and a network of thousands of companies and institutional entities: Italian companies of different sectors, sizes and objectives, which count with the market Chinese, Chinese multinationals that have invested in our country, organizations and associations.
Private and non-profit, the Foundation sees within its Board of Directors the presence of important political and economic institutional bodies of both countries, including Italian Ministries and Regions, ICE and the main Italian and Chinese diplomatic representations. This presence strengthened relations with Chinese public institutions, to the benefit of ours and their activities on the Chinese market.
The importance of the role of the Foundation is also expressed in the coordination work that takes place on several occasions in projects of national interest in bilateral relations. The institutional aspect is also reinforced by the collaboration with various bilateral bodies at international level, among which we also point out the active and strategic participation of the Italy China Foundation in the Eu-China Business Association (EUCBA), the association of chambers of commerce and private institutions. for China. The enhancement of the Italian presence in China, and vice versa, is supported by the promotion of educational, economic and scientific events and activities in order to present Italy as a “System”.