ANCI report highlights need for governmental support
ANCI President Cleto Sagripanti is calling for the Italian government to support the nation’s shoemakers.
Import/export data for the first 2012 quarter processed by Italian footwear association ANCI has revealed a 10 per cent fall in the country’s export volumes compared to the same period in 2011, despite a 3.5 per cent increase in value and a 15 per cent rise in average prices.
“It is time to act without further delay, combining the strength and passion of our industry with concrete supporting actions by the institutions,” said Cleto Sagripanti, President of ANCI. “The Italian government must develop strategies supporting the country’s most important assets. Export is without doubt a key element for our companies. These signals must have the consequence of speeding up all necessary measures… providing more resources to the new government agency for the promotion abroad and internationalisation of Italian firms, and avoiding cuts in favour of important initiatives.
“Maximum attention should be paid to such signals, especially from a sector as solid as ours. We demand targeted, concrete, and above all speedy solutions.”
This article was originally published on page 4 of the September 2012 issue of SATRA Bulletin.