On 28 November, 2017, the Rome Business School had the pleasure of taking part in the “Conference on Financial and Economic matters”, organised at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa at Palazzo Altieri in Rome.
The conference saw illustrious names follow each other on the podium, starting with the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Italy, Her Excellency Ms Nomatemba Tambo, and the Governor of the Bank of Italy, Mr Ignazio Visco, who set the scene for the debate around current economic-financial topics, with a special focus upon the relationships between Italy and South Africa.
The conference was divided in two sessions: the first mainly focussed upon the commercial relationships between Italy and South Africa, the banking system and financial stability aspects; the second upon topics strictly pertaining to the economy and to the development of human capital.
Here is a list of the speakers who took the podium during the event:
• The Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Italy, H.E. Ms Nomatemba Tambo,
• The Governor of the Bank of Italy, Mr Ignazio Visco,
• The Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Sfiso Buthelezi,
• The Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Mr Lesetja Kganyago,
• The Director-General of the Associazione Banca Italiana, Mr Giovanni Sabatini,
• The Managing Director of the Banking Association of South Africa, Mr Cassim Coovadia,
• The Group Treasurer of FirstRand Limited, Mr Andries du Toit,
• The Head of African Business at Investec Asset Management Cape Town, Mr Thabo Khojane,
• The Head of Investec Asset Management in Italy, Mr Gianluca Maione,
• The Head of Standard Bank London, Mr Esteban Skare,
• The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of MRO Business Cooperation & Business Center, Ms Romina Nicoletti,
• The Managing Director of Policy Sonar, Mr Francesco Galietti,
• A Representative of the Italian Society for International Organizations,
• A Representative of the Institute for International Relations,
• A Representative of UniCredit,
• A Representative of BancaIMI,
• A Representative of Guardia di Finanza,
• The Chief Executive Officer of the Industrial Development Corporation, Mr Geoffrey Qhena,
• The Director-General of Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo, Dr Pier Luigi d’Agata,
• The Secretary-General of Diplomatia, Prof. Valerio De Luca,
• The Founding President of Rome Business School, Mr Antonio Ragusa.
For the Rome Business School students, the conference represented a further opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the financial-economic sectors of two important countries in the European and African contexts, and also to expand their cultural horizons.
The Rome Business School wishes to express its gratitude to the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa for the much appreciated invite and for the collaboration that, over the course of many years, has provided tangible added value to the institutional and training exchanges that take place between the two countries.