OECD mission in the Marche region, support to increase attractiveness

(ANSA) – ANCONA, 28 JUN – The OECD mission in the Marche on the second and final day. Two days dedicated to discussing the main challenges and opportunities for the attractiveness and internationalization of regional territories, with particular reference to the recent crises and evolutions of the global context. This morning the central theme of the meeting was tourism, delegated by President Francesco Acquaroli who opened the meeting, sending a message to the OECD and indirectly to the European institutions. “This is a very important occasion – said Acquaroli – which allows us to deal with an international body and allows us to take stock of the situation. The last few years have been conditioned by the health crisis and now by the consequences of the war in Ukraine,” with all the negative repercussions that derive from this in national and, cascading, regional systems. The Marches want to return to being increasingly competitive and attractive and to do so a system project is necessary “.

“I am convinced – he added – that one of the challenges of the European Union must precisely be that of overcoming centralism and looking at what apparently may seem peripheries. It is here, in these territories, like ours, that a great strength is born. competitive in industry, manufacturing, the agri-food chain, with excellences recognized today worldwide, which are associated with places of art, culture and spirituality that have absolutely nothing to envy to much more famous and popular destinations “.

“What we need – said Acquaroli – is the recognition by the European institutions, because it is clear what are the difficulties of small-sized structures to keep up with the times, starting with bureaucracy. To be attractive to us. we need to be able to access all the financial, political, cultural, but also and above all administrative opportunities of the EU. Small territories must be understood and supported, to give new concrete and truly usable possibilities to young people, to tourism and manufacturing, reducing the distance that exists between institutions and territories and feeling that we are all part of a common challenge. Only in this way can we all feel more European, more involved and also convinced supporters of common policies “.

“We are working very hard on this project linked to attractiveness – explained Claire Charbit, head of delegation and manager of the Regional Attractiveness and Integration of Migrants Unit at the OECD Center for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities – and we are proud to do it with the Marches, as well as with Liguria, Campania and Sicily. All these regions share common problems on the one hand, such as the need to coordinate better, on the other there are very different resources. We realized that in the Marche there is a lot of industrial potential, including that of rural areas or the hinterland. There is also a great tourist potential, which is somewhat ignored, as if the Marche were on the outskirts of areas that are more visible internationally, both in terms of tourism and industrial development.

Therefore, today the evolution of globalization can assign a place to regions such as the Marche and we are here to help regional actors to identify indicators, tools, to guide their public policies, like a compass, to rethink the policy of regional attractiveness. in this global evolution. We strongly believe in all of this. “