The ICE Agency for the Promotion Abroad and the Internationalization of Italian Companies was established by Art. 14, cc.17-27, DL n.98 of 06.07.11, converted into L. n.111 of 15.07.11, as replaced by art. 22, c.6, DL n.201 of 06.12.11, converted into Law No.214 of 22.12.11 and subsequent amendments, as a body with legal personality under public law subjected to the powers of direction and supervision of the Ministry of economic development that exercises them, in matters of their respective competence, in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and heard the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
The ICE Agency has the task of facilitating, developing and promoting Italian economic and trade relations with foreign countries - with particular attention to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, their consortia and groupings - and works to develop the ' internationalization of Italian companies and the marketing of Italian goods and services in international markets.
Through the headquarters in Rome, the Milan office and the network around the world, the Agency carries out information, assistance, promotion to businesses and institutions, training for companies and young graduates, and promotes cooperation in the industrial, agricultural and agri-business sectors food, distribution and tertiary service. The ICE Agency operates abroad within the Italian Diplomatic Representations, in synergy with business organizations and other public and private stakeholders, providing coordinated support to national enterprises and networks engaging in the internationalization process with the 'aim to promote the image of Italian product in the world and Italy as a destination for foreign investment.
In carrying out its activities, the Agency works closely with the regions, Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture, Entrepreneurship Organizations and other public and private stakeholders concerned, in line with guidelines and strategic direction in a matter of promotion and internationalization of the companies taken from the Institution's Cabin.