Trip of the year by Carlo Messina, CEO of Intesa San Paolo

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Winner…: Territory. That’s right, the real main protagonist of the hand “general truffle” At the International Fair of the White Truffle of Alba is the territory. A word that became a real concept during this afternoon (Saturday, November 20) that he saw Carlo Messina, among the best international bankers and supporters of the union between Intesa San Paolo (who holds the position of CEO) and UBI Banca, to receive an excellent sample of white truffles, as a testament to the gratitude of the city of Alba for this that was made for the territory.
These two banks are well known to individuals and families, who have always viewed the region as the basis on which mutual profitability rests.
And the truffle 2021, the product of excellence originating from the earth, rooted in the region of Alba, is its symbol, the link in the chain that unites the real economy with the tradition of obesity, of action. and this confidence in the institutions that have always characterized the region of Lange and Ruero.
Corporate greetings outlined the outline, starting with Stefano Mosca Exhibition Director who said: “This year’s truffles are an important tradition for the fair, a date that confirms the excellence of Lange and Roero. And we hand it over to Carlo Messina, a trustworthy person who knows what it means to strengthen a territory.

Confirmed thought Carlo Po, Mayor of Alba: “Honoring people who do important things is a way of thanking them,” said the mayor. Since 1939, we have been giving it away with passion and respect. Today we give it to one of the biggest Italian bankers in the world, and I’m happy to do it in Alba, at the Ferrero Foundation founded in 1983, before a family that preferred work rather than appearance. Work, creativity and donation have always been Ferrero’s motto, and I think Carlo Messina fully embodies it for the benefit of the different regions in which Intesa San Paolo is present.

Presence in Lange and Roero impatiently awaits green projects, emphasizes Liliana Alina, exhibition manager: “The most important feature of the exhibition is the delivery of ‘Truffles of the Year’. We are happy to collaborate with Intesa San Paolo. We are looking in the near future to protect the whole truffles through the coronary funding process to invest in natural truffles. The theme of the 2021 exhibition is “We are connected with nature”, and from there we want to make the territory the number one destination in Italy for sustainable food and wine tourism ”.

Collaboration leads to union, he says Alberto Sirio, President of the Piedmont Region: “For us, the Ferrero Foundation is an impressive place. This is the second time that we have organized the party here, after the party dedicated to the new Fiat 500 and the delivery of truffles to Sergio Marchionne.

The truffle is for us synonymous with gardening, a way of life which, although serious and focused on doing it for the territory, has led over the years to an opening towards the outside, towards new corporations, for the benefit of the territory. himself. In this way, we made it known more and more, and we continue to do so. Carlo Messina is the one who led to an important link between two big banks which had always believed in the lands of Italy. The truffle is a sign of thanks, distinction and respect to those who have always helped Piedmont. An example above all: the funds obtained in a few hours for the temporary hospital of Valentino during the first closure, thanks to the synergy and sensitivity of Carlo Messina and Intesa San Paolo ”.

And in the dialogue between Maurizio Molinari, editor-in-chief of La RepubblicaAnd, Carlo Messina, the essence of the relationship with the territory became the protagonist of the author’s painting that appeared in the evening. Here are the questions and answers.

How do you see the situation of Italy’s recovery during this period?

Carlo Messina declares: “The restart that has taken place in recent months will lead to more continuous growth in 2023, thanks to the increase in investments and the purchasing power of Italians, with a consequent increase in GDP and a decrease in public debt, to bring it back into the range of inequalities Acceptable Let us recall that the European Central Bank and international investors finance our public debt of 750 billion euros each.
In recent months, Italians are looking to the future with optimism, but we are going through a delicate period, where the PNRR must be well exploited with projects of objective feasibility, otherwise the funds will not arrive.
Growth is necessary for a GDP greater than 1.5, to reduce part of the poverty and reduce the public debt, which must be sustainable.
Our banking group cares about the territories: just think that we manage a trillion and 350 billion euros, most of which have strong roots in different regions of Italy, from individuals to businesses. “

What can you tell us about the increase in raw materials that we are so afraid of?

The CEO of Intesa San Paolo says: “The real elements of inflation are there, but not from a structural point of view. In 2022, we will return to global levels. For example, the European Central Bank will not increase interest rates, at least until 2023. We must not slow down on investment projects because this increase in inflation in Europe is not a strong threat, but you have to be careful and think about cooperation with other countries.

What is the recipe for the regions?

“Intesa and UBI together form a strong bank for Europe and for regions where the main factor is family confidence. It takes social responsibility to return part of the value of the shareholders’ profits to the benefit of the territory. This is the only way to create a mutual reputation. We rely heavily on human resources internally with our employees and customers. Mutual trust: I think this is the right recipe.

What is the economic value of the vaccine?

“The vaccine is necessary for a sustainable return to the real economy. We need to spend and not just leave the capital as it is. If the money does not flow, poverty increases and the GDP decreases. Today we have an alarming poverty line. It is unacceptable to think that in Italy there are 5 million people who are struggling to earn a living. We all need to do our part. And vaccination means not only defeating Covid19, but also making the world economy more resilient, to get back to better times. ”

chapter on sustainability. What do you think of the post-Glasgow era?

“I believe that despite the political difficulties of understanding between countries of the world, it has become evident that sustainability has become an operational and management priority. We must be ready to support the various stages towards going green with funding. We are ready, like Italy, to give 400 billion euros, including 70 billion for environmental transformation ”.

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