In depth: Resilient supply-chains benefit from cross-border networks
Read the Interview with Giuseppe Ferraro, head of the corporate and SME department at Intesa Sanpaolo’s International Subsidiary Banks Division, and Anna Roscio, head of Intesa Sanpaolo's corporate sales and marketing department, Banca dei Territori Division
Recent global events have highlighted the growing significance of resilient supply chains, particularly across borders. Creating and maintaining synergies is crucial for this.
With its international network of subsidiary banks, Intesa Sanpaolo can support companies in sustaining the short-term needs of their international suppliers and facilitate new international partnerships. The Intesa Sanpaolo Group – through its International Subsidiary Banks Division (ISBD) – includes 11 commercial banks operating in 12 countries.
Effective cross-border synergies can also boost the sharing of knowledge and best practices between regions, industries, and cultures, says Giuseppe Ferraro, head of the corporate and SME department at Intesa Sanpaolo’s International Subsidiary Banks Division (ISBD): “This exchange of ideas and expertise enables companies to adapt quickly, innovate and stay ahead of the competition, enhancing their resilience and mitigating the risks of disruption by geopolitical events, trade disputes or natural disasters.”
Agricultural sector opportunities
The agricultural sector is a significant part of the economies in which Intesa Sanpaolo’s ISBD banks are present, accounting for more than €100bn in Gross Value Added (GVA) and growing at a double-digit annual rate over the past five years. This growth is expected to be sustained over the coming years.
The international subsidiary banks within ISBD, together with the Group’s Italian commercial banking division Banca dei Territori, offer comprehensive financial solutions to corporate and SME clients, enabling them to navigate cross-border challenges effectively and ensure the continuity of their supply chains when maximising this growth.
This international network – spanning 12 countries – promotes cross-country product offerings and fosters institutional dialogue among governments and international financial institutions.
Ferraro says: “Today, we see significant shifts shaping agriculture, driven by several macroeconomic and technology trends, from market consolidation to the need for sustainable sources and technology. As a bank, we feel the urgency to support corporates and SMEs in leading a transformation towards higher economic resilience, improved livelihoods and food security.”
To this end, Intesa Sanpaolo supports agribusiness companies in Central and Eastern European countries and Egypt, via a wide range of solutions from green financing for more sustainable production to complex financing to support growth plans.
The Balkans is an important region for Intesa Sanpaolo. One of the latest joint events between the ISBD banks and the Banca dei Territori division was the banks’ presence at the International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad, Serbia, the most important agribusiness event in Southeast Europe. The event was attended by around 140,000 visitors, and agribusiness clients from Italy and Serbia were able to connect, establish collaborations and exchange best practices.
Export expansion and diversification opportunities
The value of trade relations between Italy and the countries in which the ISBD’s subsidiary banks are present is almost €240bn annually in import-export flows, with infra-ISBD trade flows of around €140bn, and flows between ISBD geographies and Italy of over €100bn.
Moreover, Intesa Sanpaolo has more than 2,000 Italian business clients with a presence in the countries in which ISBD banks operate. “The Italian territory offers significant opportunities for outside businesses due to its strategic location, robust industrial base and specialised expertise in certain sectors,” says Anna Roscio, head of Intesa Sanpaolo's corporate sales and marketing department, Banca dei Territori Division.
The markets in which ISBD banks are present significant potential for Italian businesses in terms of export expansion and diversifying sources of supply. These territories have highly dynamic economies with key sectors such as agribusiness, automotive, energy, manufacturing and tourism, with substantial prospects for collaboration, investment and market entry.
“ISBD economies are projected to outpace Italy's growth rates,” says Ferraro, “presenting significant potential for Italian businesses in terms of export expansion – currently exceeding €50bn annually – as well as opportunities for diversifying sources of supply.”
Intesa Sanpaolo’s SME relationship managers are supported by about 20 specialists in internationalisation and 200 foreign development specialists to provide SME clients with the best possible advice and solutions to market problems.
Future opportunities are promising. “The Italian agrifood industry has always excelled in exports, with a strong international standing,” Roscio says.
“With the synergies between the ISBD banks and Banca dei Territori, we are developing further opportunities and growth for both Italian and foreign customers in new markets.”
Last updated 5 September 2023 at 17:01:29