"Cambia Italia. Riforme per crescere" (Changing Italy: Reforms for growth) is the title of the biennial conference organised by the Centro Studi di Confindustria to be held in Milan on 16 and 17 March 2012.
Those participating in the event include the chairman of the ECB, Mario Draghi; the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti; the Italian Minister for Economic Development, Infrastructure and Transport, Corrado Passera; and the chairman of the Italian confederation of industry, Emma Marcegaglia.
The main theme of the conference will be "Change", and therefore the reforms necessary to relaunch the Italian economy and the challenges to be met at a European and international level. In fact Italy finds itself at a historic crossroads and the destiny of the next twenty years is being played for now.
But what are the structural changes that can made to remove the barriers to progress and lead to a return of growth? And what is the most favourable context in which they might be adopted?
The examples are drawn from six successful case histories (from Brazil, Chile, Germany, Poland, countries in Eastern Europe and Sweden) and they show that it is necessary to take action on different fronts: macroeconomic stability and the opening up of competition, the political-institutional framework and social consensus, flexibility and a strategic orientation of all policies.
Starting from a very low level of competitiveness, according to the parameters of the World Economic Forum, Italy can transform its current disadvantages in corresponding levers to relaunch its economy and quadruple its annual GDP growth.