Pontignano, the future to be rebuilt Comparison between Italy and the United Kingdom

Pontignano, the future to be rebuilt Comparison between Italy and the United Kingdom
Pontignano, the future to be rebuilt Comparison between Italy and the United Kingdom

‘Building back better: seizing the opportunities to shape the future and strengthen our resilience in a period of rapid change’ is the theme of the XXIX Conference of Pontignano 2021: the bilateral will open tomorrow and will continue until Saturday, again at the Certosa between the United Kingdom and Italy, which involves the main government decision makers and influencers in the fields of university and academia, technology and innovation, culture and society, economics and finance, politics and …

‘Building back better: seizing the opportunities to shape the future and strengthen our resilience in a period of rapid change’ is the theme of the XXIX Conference of Pontignano 2021: the bilateral will open tomorrow and will continue until Saturday, again at the Certosa between the United Kingdom and Italy, involving the main government decision makers and influencers in the fields of university and academia, technology and innovation, culture and society, economics and finance, politics and security, government and media, climate change and inclusion. Established in 1993 by the British Council and St Antony’s College Oxford, the Conference is currently organized by the British Embassy in Italy, the British Council and the University of Siena, which hosts it.

During two days of work, the conference represents an opportunity to dialogue, discuss and build relationships. Most are conducted under the Chatham House Rules governing confidentiality in relation to the source of information exchanged in closed-door meetings. Tomorrow at 6 pm the inaugural ceremony in the Rectorate, in the presence of the co-presidents Lord Willetts – present since the first Pontignano 29 years ago – for the English side and Carlo Calenda for Italy. The message of Prince Charles of England is not expected, as happened last year, but the keynote address will be given to Margaret Heffernan of the University Bath School of Management and will focus on ‘Lessons learned to increase resilience for the future’.

On Friday the works will be at the Certosa, with workshop sessions moderated by the main Italian and British figures in each field: the first session will be attended by Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and John Glen, Economic Secretary at the Ministry of the Treasury and Minister for the Cities of the United Kingdom and Giancarlo Giorgetti, Italian Minister of Economic Development. Assuntela Messina, Undersecretary of State at the Presidency of the Council for Technological Innovation and Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will talk about digital innovation and international cooperation. Piero Fassino, president of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and former minister Roberta Pinotti, president of the Defense Commission in the Senate, are expected on Saturday.

Paola Tomassoni

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