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Think Tank Basilicata

Announcing the creation of the Basilicata Think Tank, a strategy/competition-oriented initiative designed to develop a vision for the future of Basilicata that is centered on new trajectories and development drivers by actively involving leaders of business and government and society at-large.

Think Tank Basilicata

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Announcing the creation of the Basilicata Think Tank, a strategy/competition-oriented initiative designed to develop a vision for the future of Basilicata that is centered on new trajectories and development drivers by actively involving leaders of business and government and society at-large.

The initiative is being promoted by The European House – Ambrosetti in collaboration with Total Italia.

Its ultimate goal is to center national and European attention once again on the most urgent challenges in relaunching Basilicata, as well as the opportunities and strategic competencies around which the region, together with other regions of Italy’s south, could decide to make the focus of their attractiveness and competitiveness.

In fact, Basilicata needs to change course regarding many fundamental variables of its development that represent strategic needs for the area’s future, including:

  • a 30% gap in value added per inhabitant compared with the Italian average (€18,491 vs. €24,884 for Italy);
  • an employment level still below pre-crisis levels and which continued to drop over the last year (-2.2%), against the average trend in Italy (1.2%);
  • a level of relative poverty for families (21.2%) that remains above the average of Italy’s southern Mezzogiorno region (19.7%);
  • upgrading of infrastructure, an absolute priority for relaunching Basilicata. The region ranks 184th out of 270 total in Europe in terms of infrastructure and it is the 19th region in Italy for accessibility index.

On the other hand, there are a number of positive elements which over the coming months—in conjunction with local stakeholders—will be surveyed and examined to create a new “regional picture” aimed at highlighting the commitment, or “raison d’etre” of the region within the Italian and European context:

  • Basilicata is the no. 1 region in Italy in terms of the impact of the added value of the agrifood sector on the total economy (7.3%);
  • the region can count on an industrial manufacturing base which, over time, has developed competencies and technologies that could be brought together with an eye towards development;
  • the production of renewable energy has grown exponentially over the past 15 years, making Basilicata one of the top regions in Italy in this regard;
  • Basilicata is the no. 1 region in terms of the increase in number of arriving tourists over the period 2010-2016 (+45%), thanks to the contribution of Matera and many other sites of natural beauty in the region. In 2016, foreign tourists spent €27 million in Basilicata (+42% vs. 2015);
  • A number of industrial sectors have withstood the economic crisis and are export drivers (+294% over the last three years).
The goal of our initiative is to make a tangible contribution to defining a new development vision for Basilicata, starting from a detailed examination of the risk factors, but also the opportunities and strategic assets the region has available to relaunch its development,” noted Valerio De Molli, CEO of The European House–Ambrosetti. “We want to reactivate the strengths throughout the region. For a project to relaunch the region to be a success, it is fundamental that a strong consensus be created, starting from its leaders and the business community. Currently, Basilicata has before it a number of major opportunities, first and foremost Matera 2019 which could be an investment activator for the entire region and relaunch the confidence and desire of the younger generation to become involved.” 

In this especially delicate transition phase, the region’s new development model must also take into consideration the need to promote greater integration and synergy with the macro-area of southern Italy, through the launching of concrete collaboration projects in areas and themes on which the future of the country as a whole depends, such as medium/high-tech industries, tourism, innovation and research. And, of course, there is the highest priority of all: support for communications networks and infrastructure throughout the region.

“Investing in the technologies of tomorrow and creating work for young people in the Basilicata region. Promoting its cultural and archeological heritage and its parks. Safeguarding nature and encouraging quality agriculture,” stressed the Country Chair and CEO Italia, François Rafin. “Basilicata represents both unique potential in Europe and a region to be discovered. This Think Tank is a Total initiative and is for all those in Basilicata. So that we can pool our energies.”

To achieve the goals of the initiative, The European House – Ambrosetti has created a Scientific Committee comprised of individuals known for their expertise and experience that will make an active contribution to developing the content of Strategic Report summarizing the work of the project.

The Basilicata Think Tank Advisory Board is comprised of Michel Bouquier (former President of the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority; former Senior Advisor to the Finance and Economy Department of Monaco); Massimiliano Cesare (President of F2I SGR; President of Banca del Mezzogiorno); Enrico Giovannini (Professor of Economic Statistics, University of Rome – Tor Vergata; Spokesman for Alleanza Nazionale per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile – ASviS; former President ISTAT and Minister of Labor and Social Policy); Gianni Riotta (Co-Director, Master MACOM, LUISS School of Government; Pirelli Professor, Department of French and Italian, Princeton University; permanent member, Council on Foreign Relations; columnist, La Stampa).

The Basilicata Think Tank project involves both research and opportunities for formal exchange of views and ideas with the region’s main stakeholders (industry, associations, academia and research, the community, government, etc.).

The results of the Basilicata Think Tank initiative will be presented at the final forum to be held on January 30, 2019 in Matera, in conjunction with the numerous initiatives the region is launching on the occasion of the celebrations for Matera, European Capital of Culture. The forum will bring together all key stakeholders in the process in an opportunity to discuss—with the contribution of national and international speakers—about the most important questions to be faced, and to build together a common future for this region.




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