In an ever-changing world, chambers of commerce worldwide play a vital role in the promoting of projects and events both offline and online, aimed at fostering resilience and response to the challenges and demands of the market
An ever-changing world
The world we live in has been rapidly evolving and adapting to new international challenges, aimed at fostering resilience and international cooperation. We at ArtOn Café have focused on some of these aspects, notably on the coffee sector and the Covid-19 challenges, on the struggles for women’s empowerment and on the role of women in agriculture and rural economies.
The world in general and the business world in particular are experiencing new methods and dimensions. New approaches and perspectives are needed to face this ever-changing world, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) is responding to these needs with its new head, Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Caiola, 2021).
Ukraine and the food processing sector
The food & beverage processing sector has become complex, intertwined with innovation, internationalisation and digitalisation, aiming at providing increasingly higher added-value to raw materials and semifinished goods (Camera di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina, 2020). In Ukraine, the food processing industry mainly concerns small and medium-sized companies, and Italy is one of the main exporters to Ukraine of machinery and equipment for food processing, notably for sugar and for the beverage sector (Camera di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina, 2020).
Food Processing Ucraina 2020-2021 Project
In October 2020 the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Ukraine (CCIPU) launched the FoodProcessing 2020 project, an initiative which offers non-repayable grants to companies working in the food processing industry (Camera di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina, 2021). This financial aid includes also educational and training activities, especially concerning internationalisation. The FoodProcessing project includes 4 phases (Camera di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina, 2021):
- Promoting on a specific web portal
- Web contacts (online fair and B2B meetings)
- Defining and finalising contracts in the target country
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the event was postponed to May 25th-28th, 2021 in order to facilitate a more active participation of Ukrainian companies and institutions in the event. In fact, even though Ukraine is not in lockdown at the moment, most of the companies’ employees are working from home (Camera di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina, 2021).
Make sure you don’t miss any updates concerning the FoodProcessing 2020-2021 project.
Caiola, F. (2021). Newsletter 2/2021. Newsletter Camera Di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina, (2).
Camera di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina. (2020). L’Ucraina del food processing: un settore in crescita. Retrieved from https://www.ccipu.org/files/131?view=1
Camera di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina. (2021). Camera di Commercio Italiana per l’Ucraina. Retrieved April 5, 2021, from Progetto Food Processing Ucraina 2020 – 2021 website: https://www.ccipu.org/progetti/progetto-food-processing-ucraina-2020-2021-
Picture credits a: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/city-landscape-ukrainian-capital-kiev-1773711146
Picture credits b: Vasyl Rohan, Lviv, Ukraine – October 20, 2020: mobile coffee shop in historic city center. Rynok Square. Bicycle cafe, Retrieved 7 April, 2021, from: https://www.shutterstock.com/it/image-photo/lviv-ukraine-october-20-2020-mobile-1880239750