Southern Italy Observatory

Evolving trends and growth opportunities for Apulia and Southern Italy

Italy’s south, the “Mezzogiorno”, is currently being called upon to identify the priority actions to be taken over the coming decades. This study offers analysis and a series of useful indicators for a thorough examination of the key elements of this area, as well as a number of considerations to generate discussion with political and business leaders in Apulia and other southern regions.

Evolving trends and growth opportunities for Apulia and Southern Italy

Osservatorio Mezzogiorno is a think tank designed to contribute to increasing the attractiveness and competitiveness of Apulia and other areas in the Mezzogiorno, the south of Italy. It provides analysis and guidelines regarding the current situation in these regions, their areas of excellence, and their strong points as well as their weak points so that policy-makers and the business community will have a valid working tool to orient their decisions.

In 2014 the Osservatorio produced a number of documents, including: analysis of the facts and figures of the economy of Apulia and the Mezzogiorno; an examination of resource management in the EU’s 2007-2013 programming cycle and the new opportunities offered in the new 2014-2020 cycle; updating of analysis of balance sheets of Mezzogiorno companies and identification of “best performer” sectors; a focus paper on the role of the risk capital market in the Mezzogiorno, and one on the Green Economy and Green Chemistry as drivers for growth and development in the Mezzogiorno; and development of initiative proposals for Apulia and the Mezzogiorno.

The work of the Osservatorio is guided by an Advisory Board comprised of: Innocenzo Cipolletta (President of the Fondo Italiano d’Investimento and AIFI), Simona Milio (Associate Director of the Social and Cohesion Policy Unit and professor of European Political Economy at the London School of Economics), Gianfranco Viesti (Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Bari), Valerio De Molli (Managing Partner of The European House – Ambrosetti) and top management from the Banca Popolare di Bari, BASF Italia and Exprivia.

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