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NW Passage. Business, Territories and Banks: a network for Europe
The conference was the crowning event of a special project dedicated to north-western Italy and its industry, promoted by the UniCredit Local Committees of Torino-Canavese, Valle d'Aosta, Alessandria-Asti Cuneo, Pedemontana Lombarda, in partnership with the association Torino Internazionale with the accompaniment of the daily newspapers: "Il Secolo XIX, " La Stampa", and "Il Sole 24 Ore".
The picture unveiled was of a NW Italy that has staked an important claim to being a gateway to both Europe and the Mediterranean. Reiterating the comments of the Minister for Regional Affairs and Local Autonomous Areas, Ms Lanzillotta, UniCredit CEO Mr. Alessandro Profumo warned how "it is limiting to understand NW Italy only from the point of view of its connections with Italy, as these regions are closely tied to Europe," and stressed the need to avoid remaining within the confines of a local identity.
The conference, however, also highlighted and focused attention on the growing interdependence of the cities, and in turn the interdependence of these cities and the local industrial systems that characterise the socio-economic fabric of NW Italy. The revival of NW Italy is not only possible, but also fundamental for the full economic recovery of the country.
After the welcome address by the Major of Genoa, Giuseppe Pericu, the conference started with the round table "Business, networks and NW identity", coordinated by Aldo Bonomi - UniCredit Local Committees and Lamberto Vaccari - Editor of "Il Secolo XIX". The debate was animated by: Arnaldo Bagnasco - Professor of sociology, University of Turin; Giuseppe Berta - Professor of contemporary history, Bocconi University of Milan and Saverio Vertone - Writer, Journalist, Essayist.
The second round table: "The economic actors of the cities and territory" was coordinated by
Lanfranco Vaccari and Teodoro Chiarelli - Economy Editor in chief of "La Stampa". It took part: Giulio Ballio - Rector of the University of Politecnico of Milan; Carlo Castellano - Chairman and CEO of Esaote Spa; Evelina Christillin - Deputy Vice President Torino 2006 Olympic Games; Giancarlo Gabetto - CEO S.L.A.L.A.; Edoardo Garrone - Chairman ERG Group; Gian Maria Gros Pietro - Chairman Autostrade Spa; Maurizio Magnabosco - Chairman Sagat Spa; Alessandro Profumo - CEO UniCredit; Vincenzo Tagliasco - Professor of bioengineering, and medical informatics, University of Genoa; Renato Viale - Deputy Vice President Unioncamere, Chairman CCIAA Alessandria.
At last, the round table discussion "Institutions and politics" also coordinated by Lanfranco Vaccari saw the participation of Raffaele Cattaneo - Assessor for infrastructures and mobility, Region of Lombardy; Tom Dealessandri - Vice Mayor of Turin; Daniela Gasparini - Assessor for Personal, Province of Milan; Linda Lanzillotta - Minister for Regional Affairs and Local Autonomous Areas; Luigi Merlo - Assessor for Infrastructures, Transportations, Ports, Logistics - Region of Liguria; Enrico Musso - Professor of Economy, University of Genoa, aspirant Mayor city of Genoa; Marta Vincenzi - European MP, aspirant Mayor city of Genoa.
The concluding remarks has been presented by Claudio Burlando, Chairman Giunta Regionale Liguria; Linda Lanzillotta - Minister for Regional Affairs and Local Autonomous Areas and Alessandro Profumo -UniCredit CEO.