Italy’s participation

The activities of Italian Commissioner’s Office

The Italian Government’s Commissioner General’s Office coordinates and organizes Italy’s presence at the Universal Expo 2020 Dubai. It manages the initiatives and resources associated with Italy’s participation both in Italy and abroad, as well as all the scientific, cultural and artistic initiatives supporting the goals of the event. With DPCM (Prime Minister’s Decree) of 30 November 2017, Paolo Glisenti was appointed Italy’s Section Commissioner General for Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Commissioner’s Office operates through a platform open to innovation processes and projects, both regional and national.
It consists of an inter-cultural district on science, the quality of life, the environment, landscapes and sustainable tourism. It facilitates meetings with scientists, researchers, legal experts, anthropologists and sociologists working on the upcoming global challenges to connect people, minds and intellects.

It comprises a vast cultural and business programme that includes:

  • Open Creativity Italy for creative companies, digital craftsmen, communicators and information designers who, together with the most famous brands in design, jewellery, cosmetics and the agri-food industry, will have the opportunity to meet with an international public and propose new forms of cooperation, participation and development.
  • Open Education Italy together with higher education schools, technical vocational institutes, Universities and Research Centres, will outline a new educational scenario capable of grasping the opportunities offered by the growing need for new models and educational levels required today for creative cultural professions which increasingly feature transversal competences, multidisciplinary skills and a greater interconnection between multi-sectorial companies. 
  • Open Culture Italy to highlight the role of the arts and culture in the regeneration of peoples, promote our cultural and creative industry and to consolidate new partnerships in science, and in the innovation and promotion of our historic and artistic heritage.
  • Open Diplomacy Italy to consolidate, through its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, our Country’s role in the Mediterranean and to contribute to strengthening the intercultural dialogue between Europe and Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

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The Participating Regions

The Italian Regions participating in the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai are:

  • Lazio
  • Abruzzo
  • Basilicata
  • Calabria
  • Campania
  • Emilia Romagna
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Liguria
  • Marche
  • Piedmont
  • Apulia
  • Sardinia
  • Sicily
  • Umbria
  • Veneto

The themes of Italy’s participation in Expo Dubai

With respect to the subthemes of Expo Dubai – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – the Conference of Regions, under the leadership of Paolo Glisenti, Italian Commissioner General for Expo 2020 Dubai, and Marcello Fondi, Deputy Commissioner, has singled out the sectors of strategic relevance for Italy’s regional dimension that its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai intends to represent.

These are the sectors present at both regional and national level that express the highest levels of innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and international leadership:

  • Live sciences/health and wellness
  • Big data/Cyber Security
  • Smart Energy/Sustainable Mobility/Automotive/Smart Building
  • Creative and cultural industries
  • Heritage/Cultural property
  • Tourism
  • Bioeconomy (Agri-food, Blue Growth, Green Chemistry, Forests)
  • Industry 4.0 and Digital Craftsmanship
  • Water and Best Practices of Circular Economy

In addition, the Conference selected a few sectors of bilateral interest for Italy/UAE.

  • Large companies: aerospace, cyber security, energy (energy transition companies), smart grid, big data, the environment, major works, life sciences and pharma, transport, automotive.
  • Shipbuilding, construction, decoration, lighting technology.
  • Cultural enterprises (live performances, visual arts, cinema, publishing, music, printing, software, videogames).
  • Creative industries (fashion design, fashionwear, eno-gastronomy).
  • Historic and artistic heritage (museums, libraries, archives, monuments, archaeological areas).
  • Creative driven companies (arts and crafts, innovative manufacturing, web-marketing, creative professions, content design, food design).
  • Wellness and cosmetics.
  • Industrial Design (product design, system design, 3D modelling, prototyping and engineering).
  • Interior design (architecture, housing).
  • Design firm (learning experience design, design of organizational models and working spaces, IoT).
  • Information and Communication Design (instruments, channels, languages).

A study by the Milan Polytechnic estimates that Italy’s participation in the Expo will produce approximately 1.6 billion euros a year in terms of attracting investments and developing the tourist sector for the subsequent 3-5 years after the closing of the event.

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