The EU SME Centre Signs a Partnership MoU with Aice

16 January 2023

On 10 October 2022, the representatives of the EU SME Centre and Aice (Associazione Italiana Commercio Estero, or Italian Association of Foreign Trade) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continue our work together and foster synergies. Following our previous successful cooperation, this renewed partnership agreement aims at furthering our cooperation on China-related actions, creating new synergies and contributing with value-added activities to the common goal of supporting SMEs interested in doing business in China.

The EU SME Centre is devoted to sharing its knowledge on China-related matters to build the capacity of Italian companies interested in entering the Chinese market. In this context, an online event focused on the Food & Beverage sector will be jointly organised in April. Stay updated on our upcoming activities on our website, newsletter, and social media to take part in our events.

The Centre is looking forward to deepening its cooperation with Aice to support Italian SMEs in China and welcomes this opportunity to further support Italy SMEs’ interests and contribute to the common goal of supporting their growth.

Business support organisations and trade promotion organisations from Member States of the European Union and Single Market Programme-participating countries with member companies interested in the Chinese market are welcome to contact our Partnership Coordinator to obtain further information about partnerships and collaborations. The EU SME Centre offers a wide range of free services to partners and affiliated SMEs to improve their readiness to the market in China. Find out more about becoming a partner of the Centre here.

About Aice

Founded in 1946 Aice is an independent entrepreneurial association which represents and supports Italian companies dealing with international trade activities (both import and export) and interested in growing on foreign markets.

Aice represents Italian companies that are committed predominantly to commercial activities abroad: trading, export, import, countertrade, buying-offices, export management, small and medium enterprises, etc; as well as the services related to such activities.

Moreover, Aice supports foreign companies interested in the Italian market by assisting them in the search for potential Italian business partners (suppliers, buyers, distributors, agents and so on), offering a consolidated wealth of professionalism, contacts and knowledge.

To learn more about Aicem, visit the website https://www.aicebiz.com/it/associazioni/categoria/aice/en/

About the EU SME Centre

Created in 2010, the EU SME Centre is an initiative funded by the European Union to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from EU Member States and countries participating in the Single Market Programme, getting them ready to do business in China. The Centre helps facilitate market access and provides a comprehensive range of first-line, hands-on, free services to inform, advise, train, and connect European SMEs.

The EU SME Centre is in Phase IV (July 2022 – June 2025) implemented by four consortium partners — the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Italy-China Council Foundation, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação — and two associated partners, Trade Promotion Europe and EU-China Business Association.

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