Italian CRIF buys 35% of the share capital of the Uzbek Credit Office

Italian CRIF buys 35% of the share capital of the Uzbek Credit Office



The Analytical Information and Credit Centre at the Association of Banks of Uzbekistan and the CRIF Credit Institute have signed an agreement. The Italian partner will contribute to the development of the country's financial infrastructure, with the objective of simplifying the access of natural and legal persons to sources of credit.

"CRIF buys 35% of the share capital of the Uzbekistan Credit Office and the credit agencies of two countries will set up a joint venture", commented Director General of the Uzbek Bank Association Bakhtiyar Hamidov during the press conference.
According to the Director of the Association, Uzbekistan needs a proper assessment of the financial conditions to increase the flow of direct investment in the country. The presence of private investment needs to be increased, as most investment is currently attracted at government level.

"The IFC has assisted the partner selection process, we will also assist in building a new company, provide technical assistance to improve the business environment in the country. If necessary, we can help to improve the regulatory situation. This will depend on the type of problems faced by private investors operating in Uzbekistan. We will evaluate all of them and recommend local partners as improving conditions," said IFC representative Mai Nguyen.

"CRIF will provide a range of tools and services to risk managers working in the banking sector. It is assumed that the CAIC will become a major hub containing all the information on the activities of the banking and financial sector. Strengthening the automation of processes during cooperation will also reduce the costs of the banking sector. An important aspect of the agreement is that CRIF as a partner will not only work with credit agencies, but will also work with commercial banks, contributing to their development", - said Fabrizio Fraboni, the leading expert in the financial sector of the World Bank Group. (Mercurpress)
Bruno (Bruno Editore): "Self-publishing on Amazon has become a mass phenomenon in Italy too”

Bruno (Bruno Editore): "Self-publishing on Amazon has become a mass phenomenon in Italy too”



In the last 18 months, 100% of books published by Bruno (80 titles) have become Bestseller n.1 on Amazon. Not simple Bestsellers of the category, but n.1 absolute Amazon Italy.

Self-Publishing phenomenon is now widespread in Italy as well, i.e. the self-production of books, made particularly easy by Amazon but not only: in 2017 it is estimated that over 30,000 titles will be published, more than 45% of all published ones. Important numbers that have contributed to the growth of the book sector: more than 5% compared to the previous year.

Experts and companies are also increasingly using "self-publishing", not only to make the most of their professional skills, but also to increase their authority or increase their reputation.

Writing a book is the new business card: it gives you authority, professionalism and competence. Giacomo Bruno says - However if your book stays at the bottom of the charts it becomes a loss of time. In these years, we have studied in depth the phenomenon of Self Publishing and more generally of digital publishing on Amazon, being able to understand the algorithms that regulate the internal search engine.

This is why Giacomo Bruno and his Bruno Editore organized a large training event (www.numero1.me) in Rome from 1 to 3 June to explain how to approach Self Publishing and digital publishing in the right way, from book design to sales strategies and above all to understand about the factors of the Amazon search engine updated to the latest changes in 2018.
Yamzu announces blockchain powered tournaments with large prize pools

Yamzu announces blockchain powered tournaments with large prize pools


(MERCURPRESS.COM) Yamzu, browser based tournament platform will organize online tournaments in your favorite video games with large prize pools. Yamzu’s mission is to become number one online venue for tournaments in esports with tournaments accessible to anyone with a computer and stable internet connection. Skill based tournaments powered by additional layers of security leave little to a chance when it comes to the outcome of a tournament - the best player takes it all, it’s as simple as that.

“We wanted to reinvent the way esports industry works. Blockchain technology will help us reach our full potential as more payment options were often asked from our users. Simplifying this with one wallet, one currency that works anywhere in the world will attract many gamers who haven’t had a chance to participate in esports tournaments before” - says Asiad Majeed, CEO and founder of Yamzu.

The company plans to host its own tournaments on the platform. “To clarify, these tournaments will be completely free to enter, they will be open to anyone anywhere. We want to remove any existing limitations that prevent active participation in esports industry” - Asiad adds.

The platform is working now, while the redesign and implementation of cryptography are also in progress. Yamzu sponsored tournaments will start in the fall, this year with Yamzu tokens going on sale in August.
The calculation of the ROI of welfare initiatives will be discussed in Rome at a conference organized by GIDP and Granchi&Partners.

The calculation of the ROI of welfare initiatives will be discussed in Rome at a conference organized by GIDP and Granchi&Partners.


On Thursday, May 31, 2018, beginning at 16:00, at Enel's Auditorium in Rome (Via Mantova, 24), the conference "The calculation of the ROI of welfare initiatives" will be held.

How to economically valorise the returns on investments of the Welfare initiatives? The conference will present the methodology for calculating the ROI (return on investment) and the Payback Period (the timing of the return on investment) of Welfare initiatives.

The subject of corporate welfare is highly topical and experts predict that it will become even more important in the coming years. Among the elements of greatest interest for Italian companies in Welfare are sustainability strategies that strengthen the reputation and involvement of stakeholders, the establishment of collaborative relations with Human Resources with a consequent improvement in organizational welfare and tax benefits that optimize labor costs and boost productivity.

Among the elements of greatest interest for Italian companies in Welfare are sustainability strategies that strengthen the reputation and involvement of stakeholders, the establishment of collaborative relations with Human Resources with a consequent improvement in organizational welfare and tax benefits that optimize labor costs and boost productivity.

The conference will present the methodology for calculating the ROI (return on investment) and the Payback Period (the timing of the return on investment) of the Welfare initiatives.

The conference will focus on techniques to translate tangible and intangible benefits into monetary values, tools to calculate the correlation between Welfare initiatives and the reduction of work-related stress and methodologies to communicate the benefits of initiatives both inside and outside the company.

The meeting will be opened by Paolo Citterio and Gianfranco Rossini, respectively National President and Deputy Vice-President of the Lazio Region Gidp/Hrda. The conference will be attended as speakers by: Guido Granchi, CEO of Granchi & Partners "The calculation of the ROI of Welfare”; Donatella Chiomento, owner of Studio Chiomento "The ROI of Welfare and the evaluation of work-related stress "; Massimo Tafi, owner of Mediatyche "The effective communication of the ROI of Welfare”.

The conference is exclusively reserved to GIDP members and to Granchi&Partners client companies.
International Summer School “Law and Bilateral Trade: North America - Europe” at starting point

International Summer School “Law and Bilateral Trade: North America - Europe” at starting point


From 28 May to 1 June will be held in Montréal the third edition of the Summer School in Droit et commerce bilatérale: Amérique du Nord Europe/Law and Bilateral Trade: North America-Europe organized in cooperation between the Université de Montréal and the l’Università degli Studi di Milano.

Aimed at students, in particular of Law, Political Sciences, Economics and International Studies, and professionals, the Summer School has been an intensive training event since 2016, with a program that changes every year on issues related to commercial policy international: the relations between the European Union and North America, the commercial agreements in execution, such as the CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), or potentially in negotiation, such as the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

This International Summer School is held alternately in Montreal and Milan and is co-directed for the Université de Montréal by professors Hervé A. Prince and Nanette Neuwahl, for the Università degli Studi di Milano, by professors Lucia Bellucci and Gian Luigi Gatta.

In the thematic sessions in which the 2018 edition is organized, from the Universities of Milan, Montreal, Laval, Bordeaux, Besançon and Paris will participate, some of which have already taught in previous editions of the Summer School: Francesca Arnaboldi, Angelica Bonfanti, Francesco Delfini, Ysolde Gendreau, Loic Grard, Véronique Guèvremont, Albert Henke, Francesca Romanin Jacur, Leila Lankarani, Amissi Manirabona, Richard Ouellet, Stéphane Rousseau e Martine Valois.

As in previous editions, Nctm Studio Legale, one of the leading independent Italian law firms, will participate at the event to give a professional and educational contribution to young students through their experience gained in the field of international trade. Among the speakers will also be present this year the Nctm Partners who have also participated in the past at the Summer School: Paolo Quattrocchi, an expert in corporate and commercial law, with particular attention to the internationalization of business, and director of the Centro Studi Italia Canada and vice-president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West, and Bernard O'Connor, an expert in Community trade law, WTO and intellectual property.

For the Summer School, which takes place under the High Patronage of the Canadian Embassy in Italy, the two partner universities have been awarded the prestigious Venice Prize of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada.
e-commerce and web-marketing can help artisans regain competitiveness in a globalized market.

e-commerce and web-marketing can help artisans regain competitiveness in a globalized market.



"We have always believed in the potential of the web. Since the early years of our craft business we have been among the first online search engine results thanks to intensive SEO activity with relevant and well-structured websites. Seeing the good results brought by the web even in a traditional sector, it was natural to turn towards a product that could be sold at a distance, taking advantage of the expansion of ecommerce. Loris Di Francesco, founder of Tendastore (www.tendastore.it), said in an interview with italian magazine L'Impresa Internazionale.

According to DI Francesco, who has had direct experience in his business, the craftsmen, can directly acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct their personal web-marketing strategy, simply by following webinars and getting updates on the blogs: "The web marketing activity was managed independently, we wanted to follow personally this sensitive part of online sales activity.

I must say that it was crucial to be part of a social training group - the one managed by Marco Montemagno, a reference figure in online communication - in which there are dozens of other entrepreneurs and professionals with whom I carry out daily tests to improve web activities, moreover, in this field the rules of the game change every day and it is important to form a group together with other entrepreneurs.

A path, that of e-commerce, which has led tendastore.it business not only to consolidate in his Country but - today - to open up to foreign markets "We feel the need to bring our product abroad - concludes Di Francesco - with the pride of Made in Italy and a craftsmanship that is now ready to enter the international market. Preparation for this step began a year ago with an intense study on brand positioning and with the screening of countries potentially most interested in our products.
Centro Studi Italia-Canada launches a partnership with the Vancouver-based Dekker Hewett Group

Centro Studi Italia-Canada launches a partnership with the Vancouver-based Dekker Hewett Group


A new collaboration is launching between the Centro Studi Italia-Canada and Dekker Hewett Group at Canaccord Genuity, a leading company in the financial services sector, with operations in two main segments of the securities industry: asset management and capital markets.

The collaboration will take the form of joint production of contents and in-depth analysis in the field of investments and B2B relations between Italy and Canada and focus on specific economic sectors, Canaccord will support Centro Studi Italia Canada in providing a clearer view of the Canadian market, acting as a local magnifying glass on the development of cooperation between the two sides of the Atlantic, starting from opportunities for foreign investment.

As a first step of the partnership, an overview on the Canadian economy has been published today on the portal of the Centro Studi Italy-Canada : (http://www.centrostudi-italiacanada.it/articles/overview_on_the_canadian_economy-83/)

The Centro Studi Italia-Canada is a working group whose main purpose is to support the dialogue and the promotion of mutual knowledge between Italy - also understood as a member of the European Union - and Canada through the development of research and analysis activities society, cultural and scientific exchanges, also through the organization of events that promote the interaction and constitute a meeting place between Italian and Canadian operators.
Otto4Care, from Akinnovation an innovative IT Platform in the field of home health-care

Otto4Care, from Akinnovation an innovative IT Platform in the field of home health-care


Akinnovation (www.akinnovation.eu) on the occasion of the recent edition of Exposanità, presented its home health-care suite of products: Otto4Care, is a platform that allows to record the health activities carried out in the territory and send the report directly to the regional administration. Otto’s hand-held device records, in particular, the hours of assistance performed, any problems encountered, the state of health of the patients, connecting directly with the client’s information IT systems.

Marco Montanelli, Director of AkInnovation - interviewed by Startupper Magazine - expressed full satisfaction for the results obtained with the presence at Exposanità exhibition "It was the first time that we participated in such a large international fair. We had contacts and congratulations in particular from Latvia, Sweden and Pakistan. Italian companies also have been able to appreciate our systems for their simplicity of use and the completeness of the functions offered.

Otto4Care, the new IT platform of AKinnovation in the field of home health-care, captured the interest of operators "Otto was formerly developed for the target of home health-care, but over the years has also given excellent answers in various other fields such as, for example, those of surveillance and maintenance. As part of the supervision, Otto replaces the classic red leaflet left to certify medical checkings. The security company can give its customers exclusive access to the AK portal that allows them to control and verify the actual medical check-ins and check-outs, and this is a service that is highly appreciated as extremely effective.

The interview concludes with an advice addressed to Italian Startuppers, in particular the youngest ones who see in companies like Akinnovation the example of those who have obtained the deserved success: "Not everyone will understand your business idea, try to think like your potential customers, but above all firmly believe in yourself”.
According to Rifline's managing director it's wrong to raise barricades to protect national markets

According to Rifline's managing director it's wrong to raise barricades to protect national markets


In an exclusive interview with Startupper Magazine, Francesco Isola, managing director of Rif Line, an international logistics company based in Italy, said "I believe that those who, in times of globalization, believe they can simply raise barricades to protect their market and their companies, has a very narrow vision, at least on a practical level: the production system is today strongly interconnected at an international level, many U.S. companies actually produce in China or other countries, using components often made by other countries. This applies to all "advanced" nations. To put duties risks being a very unwise move, which can severely penalise even companies in their own country. Trade wars therefore make no sense at all.

In the course of the interview, Isola also tackles the theme of increasing digitization and its effects on international trade: "Digitization, tracking of shipments and speed, today are strategic elements, not overshadowing th ability of logistics companies delegates to be physically present in the main international trade scenarios, to assist, to solve bureaucratic or customs problems, to advise customers and thus make their work easier. It is fundamentally wrong to think that digital makes offline work by people, experts and consultants useless. Of course, we need to look at this physical presence not just as a manual force, but as an advanced opportunity.

"It's therefore easy - concludes the manager - for me to draw the lines for future development: e-commerce, while not replacing traditional trade with that of large-scale distribution, will in fact radically change them. For this reason, those involved in logistics must already understand these transformations in progress, especially by focusing on innovation.