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Aspen Institute Italia è una comunità composta in primo luogo da Soci Sostenitori, Soci Ordinari, Amici di Aspen, Aspen Junior Fellows, Aspen University Fellows e Aspen Junior Fellows Alumni, ma aperta anche a quanti in Italia e dall’estero vogliano offrire un contributo di idee e proposte coerenti con l’attività dell’Istituto. Organi di Aspen Institute Italia sono il Comitato Esecutivo, il Consiglio Generale, il Presidente e i vice Presidenti, il Segretario Generale e il Collegio Sindacale. Il Consiglio Generale è composto in maniera paritetica dai Soci Sostenitori e dai rappresentanti dei Soci Ordinari, e si riunisce in funzione deliberante almeno una volta l’anno. Tra le sue funzioni quella di eleggere il Presidente e i Vice Presidenti nonché il Comitato Esecutivo. Il Comitato Esecutivo, composto in maniera paritetica dai rappresentanti dei Soci Sostenitori e dei Soci Ordinari, ha tra le sue prerogative quella di sottoporre al Consiglio Generale l’approvazione del bilancio consuntivo e del programma annuale di attività – sovrintendendo poi alla sua realizzazione.
Serving as the opening premise for proceedings at this session of the Aspen Transatlantic Dialogue was the observation that productivity, not employment, will be the engine of the next industrial revolution, and that, despite the difficulties stemming from the prolonged crisis, the anti-decline camp has ample justification for envisioning a future in which manufacturing and industry will continue to play a central role. It was stressed, however, that they can only play such a role by undergoing transformation.
At this latest edition of the Aspen Transatlantic Dialogue, the participants pointed to recent developments in the United States – with the at-least partial “shutdown” of federal government operations – as highlighting the multiple dysfunction of political systems on both sides of the Atlantic. It was noted that, in the midst of an economic recovery that is uncertain, in some respects fragile, and unquestionably asymmetric (both as between different sectors and between different countries), the efficiency of government decision-making becomes crucial.
Everyone likes to eat food cooked on the barbecue, but whilst in the western world, it is part and parcel of a convivial habit, often linked to a celebration of some sort, in Africa and Asia it is one of the main causes of death. It is also a sign of inequality and the cause of environmental damage, and yet is a problem that few have heard of.
The manufacturing sector has changed considerably over recent years across the entire globe, and Italy too has undergone some very profound adjustments. But while every advanced country, with the exception of Germany, has lost major chunks of the manufacturing export market, a gradual upgrade and redistribution process has kept Italian manufacturing competitive despite a steep drop in domestic demand, and Italian sector firms have lost a smaller share than those of other more mature economies.
Launching discussions at this World Economy Conference was an acknowledgement by those in attendance that the recovery from the economic crisis of recent years has been particularly slow in historical terms, with the most recent figures confirming fears of a further possible slowdown. This global scenario was seen as a fortiori necessitating that growth be considered a top priority for Europe during Italy’s current 6-month-long presidency of the Council of the EU.
The three issues explored at the recent Aspen International Conference event – the “World Economy Dialogue” held in Rome on June 30, 2014 – were the subject of discussion at this first joint meeting of the Friends of Aspen and Aspen Junior Fellows. The resources to be called upon for the global recovery, the energy challenge facing Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa as a frontier for global growth hence provided the guiding framework for a debate informed by the specific profile of those in attendance, namely, entrepreneurs and young people.
This talk-debate was organized by Aspen Institute Italia to mark the recent publication in Italy (by EGEA) of Kishore Mahbubani’s book entitled The New Asian Hemisphere. During the event, it was observed that with Asia growing at a phenomenal pace, the continent is set to be the key economic player of the next century, yet at the same time it has still to find a stable footing within the international economic and political order.