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Post-Expo, the initiatives of the Emilia-Romagna Region are already focused on Dubai 2020

The future objectives of the Emilia-Romagna system following the 2015 Expo have been defined, starting from the Food Forum at Cibus Parma (9-10 May 2016, Parma, Italy) and the FICO Project in Bologna. Internationalisation, research and innovation are at the centre of regional policies. "A challenge won," says president Bonaccini.
Post-Expo, the initiatives of the Emilia-Romagna Region are already focused on Dubai 2020

The talk on post-Expo challenges with Stefano Bonaccini

After Expo Milano 2015, Emilia-Romagna will focus on World Food Research & Innovation Forum  at the 2016 Cibus event in Parma, on the Fico project in Bologna, on internationalisation measures to support companies and the trade show system, on the promotion and valorisation of the Food valley initiative (together with the Motor valley and the Health & Wellness valley initiatives), as well as on the integration of the regional development policies supported by the RDP, ROP-ERDF and ESF, with specific activities aimed at the international dimension.

These are the actions that over the next five years (from 2016 to 2020) will guide regional policies to achieve continuity with the Milan Universal Exhibition, with special focus on Expo 2020 Dubai (20 October 2020 - 10 April 2021), which will be held in the most famous of the 7 emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The topic addressed in this exhibition event will be “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

The event

During a meeting at the MAST [arts, experience and technology] event in Bologna, the post-Expo challenges were the subject of talks given by Fabrizio Grillo (the secretary of the Italy Pavilion), Alessandro Bonfiglioli (the general manager of Caab [Agri-Food Centre of Bologna]), Tiziana Primori (the CEO of FICO Eataly World) and the president of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini. The CEO of Expo, Giuseppe Sala, sent a video message.

The main Expo players from Emilia Romagna participated in the event, organised by the Emilia-Romagna Region. Participants included Antonio Cellie (Fiere di Parma), Duccio Campagnoli (BolognaFiere), Gian Luca Farinelli (Cineteca di Bologna), Fabio Ricci (Ravenna Festival), Antonio Ghini (Musei Ferrari), Luigi Angelini (Wellness Foundation),Gianpiero Calzolari (Granarolo),  Gabriele Tubertini (Coop Italia), Chiara Nasi (CIR Food), Eros Gualandi (Cooperativa Il Raccolto) and Simonetta Pancaldi (Alga&Zyme Factory).

A challenge won

“We won the Expo challenge, now from the post-Expo we must take the opportunity to consolidate high quality development that leads to good and full employment,” said the president of the Region, Stefano Bonaccini. “In 2015 we were the region with the highest export growth, after the region of Lombardy, and the outlook for 2016 is good,” said the president. While outlining the plans for the next five years, the president stressed in particular “the great opportunity represented by agriculture and an agriculture/food industry that has recently confirmed its leading role in Europe (with 42 DOP and IGP products), Parma being declared a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy, research and innovation from the next meeting in the Cibus event (held in the ducal town of Parma), the World Food Research and Innovation Forum and tourism, which grows during the summer but which is predicted to grow at the end of the year as well.” Bonaccini stressed that the Region's stronger international relationships were part of the Expo legacy.

The strategy

The Region's strategic objective will be to help Emilia-Romagna companies strengthen their role in the international dimension of markets, extending, among other things, the Imprese a porte aperte’ programme, which aims at continuing the incoming of professional international workers.  All the above is to be achieved by consolidating the participation system adopted for Expo Milano 2015, continuing territorial collaborations with local bodies and institutions, voluntary work, entrepreneurial associations and companies.

The initiatives

The Region will focus on some major initiatives, including FICO Eataly World Bologna, which will be active from 2017, and the 2nd edition of the World Food Research & Innovation Forum (9 and 10 May, Cibus Parma, the new UNESCO creative city for gastronomy and the town that Cibus and Cibus Tech are based in). 4 post-Expo international collaboration programmes (with USA, South Africa, China and Vietnam) linked to topics such as food safety, food security and food sustainability will also be launched.

Follow up: agriculture

On 25 January 2016 the first follow-up meeting will be held in Bologna, "L’eredità di Expo per l’agricoltura dell’Emilia-Romagna: un futuro di innovazione e internazionalizzazione’ [the agricultural Expo legacy for Emilia Romagna: a future of innovation and internationalisation]. The event will be an occasion for regional agricultural companies and agriculture/food firms to compare strategies, plans and actions, to create a joint programme for the internationalisation of the sector. Over the next five years, the main directions the region's food and agriculture sector must move in are quality of production (a few days ago Emilia Romagna strengthened its leading role in Europe in terms of typical products, with Pampapato ferrarese becoming the region's 42nd IGP), sustainable agriculture and the fight against climate change (capitalising the experience of the Climate changE-R project), research and innovation. 

Follow up: culture

In terms of culture, the Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra will be the testimonials of Emilia-Romagna around the world. The main events include the ‘Le vie dell’amicizia’ [the paths of friendship] traditional concert scheduled for March 2016 in Tokyo, during the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Italy-Japan relations, and the edition dedicated to Japan in the 2016 Ravenna Festival. The tournée of the Cherubini Orchestra (directed by Maestro Muti) is scheduled for 2017 in South Africa. In February 2016, during the Berlinale, the Berlin Cinema Festival, the Region (with the Bologna Cineteca [film library] and Apt Servizi) will present the new Regional Fund for audiovisuals. A copy of Federico Fellini's film Amarcord, restored by the Cineteca, will be presented for the occasion. 

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Published Dec 17, 2015 — last modified Dec 21, 2015

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