Genoese day – with an episode also for the editorial staff of the XIX Century – for Catriona Graham, accompanied by the honorary consul Denise Dardani
Genoa – Genoese day – with an episode also for the editorial staff of XIX century – for the Consul General of the United Kingdom, Catriona Graham, accompanied by the honorary consul Denise Dardani: “Let’s say that to come here there must be no justification – jokes Graham, who is also the director of Commerce and Investments in Italy for Great Britain – but it is true that we are making a stop in several Italian cities, to strengthen relations with a country that has always been important for our international relations “.
Graham met today the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Luigi Attanasio, Mayor Marco Bucci and then visited both the Erg headquarters and Leonardo’s Cybersecurity division. And in fact, explains the console, green energy and technology are currently two of the pillars on which Great Britain is building its economy of tomorrow, as well as two opportunities for investment and exchange with Italy: “Erg recently invested in wind farms in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Our country is making heavy investments in the creation of offshore parks, in the middle of the sea, for the generation of energy from the wind. The Genoese company represents a paradigm of the energy transition, with the transition from oil refining to the production of energy from renewable sources. And it is a story that in some ways unites it to many English companies, which have relaunched themselves by reconverting their production and creating new jobs “.
From the perspective of the British government, explains the console, this is a central theme, because one of the objectives is precisely to balance the economic weight of London, which concentrates finance and services, with that of the former large industrial capitals, such as Manchester and Liverpool. Leonardo, on the other hand, is a company that has long been rooted in the United Kingdom, “and that is why today we visit the Cyber division, for the important aspects that this sector has today. But – adds Graham – all the technological issues today are of great interest to us, and that is why we would like to return in the future to be able to meet other realities that are expressing their potential: I am naturally thinking of IIT, but also of Digital Liguria, Ansaldo Nucleare, the entire maritime sector. In short, many excuses to be able to come back here “. Technology and environment then intertwine on the theme of electrification of the docks, one of the chapters envisaged by the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan but above all codified within the framework of the Cop26 hosted in Glasgow: and this point is also carefully observed, as in general the investment prospects – Graham makes no secret of it – that could be generated by the Pnrr also for British companies, given that the Plan’s huge investments are concentrated in Liguria: “Great Britain is a more attractive country for investments, Italy is better in exports: with a meeting of the reciprocal foreign ministers, last year an agreement was formalized to exchange best practices between the two countries. This also means resuming a dialogue. We face many opportunities ”.
Outlook for 2022? “As for everyone, it will be a year of recovery, after the ground lost during the pandemic. Customs agreements between the European Union and Great Britain are working, duties have been avoided: the next appointment is in July 2022 “when physical inspections of goods at the border will come into effect. “But for us this – concludes Graham – is the year of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, of the Commonwealth Games, of the UK 2022 Festival. A year in which we reopen the doors to the international community to celebrate the best of the country. A year in which our companies can return abroad to find opportunities with business partners in the sectors of the future, sustainability and technology. One year of reinvestment in our relationships. Like my visit today ”.