10 Reason to invest in Italy
Italy represents a strategic gateway to 500 million consumers across the European Union and to 270 million in northern Africa and the Middle East, and is the main thoroughfare linking southern Europe to central and eastern Europe.
Transport networks include 6,800 km of motorways (Aiscat, 2014); 926 km of high-speed rail with a top speed of over 300 km/h (190 mph), in addition to nearly 200 km under construction (RFI, 2015); strategic ports for maritime freight and transshipment along the Italian coast and islands.area and beyond.
Italian cities are overﬂowing with ancient monuments and treasures, and this – combined with its world-famous art, culture, music, food, and quality goods – gives Italy an unparalleled quality of life, which is the envy of the world. Italy is ranked 1st worldwide for UNESCO World Heritage (50 sites as of end 2014).
As a result, international tourist arrivals to Italy are nearly 50 million annually, placing Italy 5th among the world’s top destinations (UNWTO, 2014).
As the 3rd top global country brand relating to ‘experience’
(Country Brand Index, 2014), Italy inspires passion and interest the world over in its heritage & culture, tourism and ‘Made in Italy’ goods. The ‘Made in Italy’ factor makes every brand unique and attractive.
For over 30 years, Italy has been the 2nd largest manufacturing economy in Europe after Germany, and the 6th – 7th top world manufacturer (World Bank, 2015).
Italian manufacturing trade surplus is the 5th amongst G-20 countries, exclusive of energy and mining, with a value of 96 billion euros in 2014 (WTO, 2015).
Italy holds leadership positions for trade surplus in 935 products out of 5,117 marketed goods (the most detailed breakdown of world trade by industry): 1st in 235 products, 2nd in 377 products and 3rd in 323 products (Fondazione Edison, 2012).
Tax credit schemes support companies to improve their competitiveness: 25% tax credit for private investments in R&D (50% for projects with universities or research centres), 15% tax credit for investments in machinery and capital goods. Employing researchers in technical and scientiﬁc ﬁelds also attracts tax credits. Further public incentives support new investments in manufacturing and R&D, especially in southern Regions.
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