EmTech Digital 2018 The World Of AI: Actually, Italian

The Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA) and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) provided crucial insights into the ecosystem of AI in Italy during the March 27, 2018 panel discussion on the occasion of EmTech Digital 2018 in San Francisco. Attendees to the panel gained an insider’s point-of-view on policies, opportunities, and challenges currently under way in the Italian market and implications for their global partners.

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The Italian Trade Agency Chicago Office is seeking to fill the position of Junior Accountant. - Deadline January 12th, 2018

The Italian Trade Agency Chicago Office is seeking to fill the position of Junior Accountant.

Job description

  • Keep track of employee sick days, personal hours and vacation requests.
  • Monitor budgets for multiple promotional activities, which includes updating with estimated costs and final payments to various providers
  • Enter data and upload documents into various databases.
  • Enter all monthly expenses in Oracle using specific instructions from headquarters in Rome.
  • Conclude promotional initiatives via software provided by headquarters.
  • Assist accountant with end of month closing.
  • Assist in monitoring and invoicing services provided to Italian companies and send relative information to headquarters in Rome.
  • Make photocopies of all monthly payments and send all originals via courier to headquarters in Rome.
  • Assist accounting department, and other colleagues, with various administrative tasks.
Qualifications and experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years’ experience in accounting
  • Orientation to detail, excellent organizational, interpersonal  and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Skillful use of applications: MS office, particularly Word and Excel, internet, email and Oracle.
  • Advanced knowledge of Italian (oral and written)
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Respect of deadlines
Salary and Compensation
Compensation will be based on applicant’s experience and will range from $3,000 to $3,200.00 gross of taxes and any other dues.  Position is full time. Health insurance will be provided after a three month trial period.
Employment Status
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US, i.e. be a US citizen or have a green card. The Italian Trade Agency will not sponsor any employees.  
The Italian Trade Agency:
ITA - Italian Trade Agency is the Governmental agency that supports the business development of our companies abroad and promotes the attraction of foreign investment in Italy.
With a motivated and modern organization and a widespread network of overseas offices, ITA provides information, assistance, consulting, promotion and training to Italian small and medium-sized businesses. Using the most modern multi-channel promotion and communication tools, it acts to assert the excellence of Made in Italy in the world.
Some of the services provided are:
  • identification of possible business partners
  • bilateral trade meetings with Italian companies
  • trade delegation visits to Italy
  • official participation in local fairs and exhibition forums
  • seminars with Italian experts.
The ITA Chicago office specializes in machinery, major food retailers and publishing, among other sectors. More information on the Italian Trade Agency activities in the US is available at www.ice.it.
Inquiry Submission Particulars
All inquiries must include a cover letter, resume, copy of degree, a self-declaration of no pending criminal charges, photo identification and proof of residence. All documentation should be submitted via email to chicago [at] ice.it () specifying in the subject line Junior Accountant Position, by January 12, 2017.
FEDERUNACOMA Farm Machinery and Earthmoving Machinery State of the Industry Report 2015

In 2015, the world economy has recorded a deceleration in growth, with divergent trends in advanced economies and developing countries. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), global GDP grew by 3.1% in 2015, against +3.4% in 2014, as a result of the slower recovery in the advanced countries (+1.9% against +1.8% in 2014) and a further slowdown in some emerging markets (+4.0% against +4.6% in 2014). 

In 2015 Italian GDP in volume recorded a moderate recovery with a growth of +0.8%, after three years of contraction. Domestic demand and supply accumulation provided positive contributions to GDP, against a negative contribution of net export demand. The national final consumption continued the recovery started in 2014.  In 2015, inflaction remained low, registering a substantial stability, at +0.1% on average, down by more than one percentage point compared to +0.2% in 2014. In 2015, employment growth continued at a faster pace, up +0.8% with 186,000 employees more than in 2014. The unemployment rate rose from 12.7% in 2014 to 11.9% in 2015. The increase in employment regarded only dependent employment, both with fixed-term and permanent contract, while self-employed continued to fall, especially among the collaborators.

In a world scenario characterized by declining commodity prices, slower pace of trade and investment, and where also the emerging economies begin to slow, the recovery looks very moderate. The deflationary trend of the world economy was influenced by the performance of the most important commodities. Next to the gradual decline in oil price and raw materials, also food commodity prices have dropped. In Italy, according to ISTAT, GDP recorded a moderate recovery of +0.8% in 2015, compared to 2014. More intense, than the performance of GDP, was the growth of value added in agriculture, forestry and fishing, which stood at +3.8%. Overall, the Italian agricultural added value exceeded the threshold of 33 billion €, that accounts for 2.3% of the national value added.

The report provided by the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation  FEDERUNACOMA, provides insights into the Italian manufacturing base for agriculture and farm machinery.  Download the PDF for insights and perspecitves.

Italian Packaging Technology Award Program 2016
CHICAGO, Ill. May 2017 — A "Call for Papers" for the 2017 Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA) is announced by the Italian Trade Agency via its Chicago USA Office (ITA – www.italtrade.com/usa), and its partners.
Initiated in 2001, the IPTA program is comprised of a competition asking upper level students attending premier US universities to write a thesis on the subject of Innovation (Technical) in the Packaging Machinery Industry. Two (2) Student Winners will be selected and accompanied by one (1) US faculty member selected by the ITA, UCIMA and SME.
Winners of the Fourteenth Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA), selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled November 5th - 11th, 2017. Students will visit top Italian companies in the packaging machinery industry, take part in an advanced educational program at the Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC along with a number of cultural activities in various Italian cities.
The aim of the program is to enrich the engineering education of students and to advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry to the next generation of packaging professionals.
The trip is part of the Italian Packaging Technology Awards, which is part of the international program Italian Technology Awards. The IPTA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency, via its Chicago Office, UCIMA (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Packaging Machinery – www.ucima.it), and in the United States, by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). www.sme.org
Submission Criteria:
Papers must be relevant to the disciplines surrounding packaging engineering, be based on actual case histories, and must be developed according to the topic:  Technical Innovation in the Packaging Machinery Industry.
Faculties may decide to integrate this contest into current academic courses, allowing selected students accreditation for their work.

Paper Requirements:
Submitted papers would ideally be between 10-12 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. However, paper length considerations can be given due to time constraints. Current academic papers related to any of the aforementioned Submission Criteria may be submitted as well. Attachments such as footnotes, images, photocopied materials, source citations, statistics, etc., are allowed. Papers should be submitted in electronic format by Friday, August 29th, 2017 to SME at Membership [at] sme.org