The Italian-Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CAMIC), a member of Assocamerestero, was established in 2001. It currently has a membership base of 400 Italian and Italian-Czech entrepreneurs operating on the Czech market.
Today it is the second largest foreign chamber of commerce in the Czech Republic with its main office in the centre of Prague and a secondary office in Brno at the Exhibition Grounds at the headquarters of the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Brno.
CAMIC develops economic and business relations, contacts and activities in Italy and the Czech Republic in cooperation with institutions, organisations, chambers of commerce, associations and other economic associations. It carries out communication, information, extension and educational activities. It organises economic missions, promotional events, delegations, trade fairs and other projects facilitating business activities for Italian and Czech companies. CAMIC provides a range of tailor-made services to Italian companies interested in entering the Czech market and in business development in the Czech Republic.
Another activity is sending Czech buyers to events and trade fairs in Italy and other specific activities. CAMIC also acts as a representative of the Italian Tourism Headquarters (ENIT) for the Czech Republic and the Association for Industrial Automation and Mechatronics (AIdAM).
Dear president, what was the Italian-Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry like twenty years ago and what is it like today?
Twenty years ago, the chamber was founded with the aim of promoting economic and business relations between Italy and the Czech Republic and, in the beginning, as a tool that united all Italian companies operating in the Czech Republic. Twenty years ago was the right moment for the activities aimed at making Italian companies known within the Czech Republic. Today, the Chamber’s objective is more extensive: we aim to be a 360° reference point for the Italian-Czech business community.
What are the goals and plans for your members in the near future?
Today, the chamber has several main objectives: the first is to establish a closer relationship with political institutions so that we can inform them of the needs of our member companies; the second objective is to increase the professional level of services that are tailored to our members; and finally, the third objective is to find new business activities for the chamber, since the classic ones have disappeared due to the pandemic.
Foreign trade between Italy and the Czech Republic already returned to pre-pandemic levels last year.
What do you think will happen this year — do you still see potential for growth?
Between 2019 and 2021, foreign trade between Italy and the Czech Republic increased enormously. And if trade grew even during the pandemic, there is certainly potential for growth, as Italy and the Czech Republic currently show great synergies and are very mutually complementary. Given that companies have lost the Russian and Ukrainian markets because of the war, there is an opportunity for both our countries to further increase trade and cooperation.
Mr Manghi, thank you for the interview.