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Ecco Chamber

Fortnightly Italian news made in South Africa

 II edition June 2024

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Chamber's Note

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Italy-South Africa Round Table 
Bilateral Relations and Opportunities

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ItalCham and Comites are proud to invite you to a roundtable event aimed at fostering knowledge-sharing and gathering insights into the landscape of Italian business linkages between South Africa and Italy.This gathering will serve as a platform for a diverse array of stakeholders to engage in a dialogue, exchange ideas, and collectively deepen their understanding of the multifaceted commercial relationship between Italy and South Africa.


Date: 27 June 2024

Time: 15:00

Location: Cape Business Centre:

Alfred Chambers, 2nd Floor, Cape Town Cruise Terminal,

V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001


Event is available to all ItalCham and SMILE members.

Registration is Free.


Limited Seats Available




Click the below button to register:

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To register and for more information, email

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SIMEI 2024


Get ready for SIMEI 2024, the premier international exhibition for wine and beverage technology! Discover the latest innovations in enology, bottling, and distillation from top industry leaders. Engage in networking opportunities, witness cutting-edge technology, and participate in exciting events like the Innovation Challenge. Whether you're an exhibitor or a visitor, this event is a must-attend for anyone in the beverage industry.

Date: 12-15 November

Location: Milan, Italy

If you are a buyer and interested in the event, please get in touch with Cardani Kate: 

The deadline for applications is 14 June.


#SIMEI2024 #WineTech #BeverageInnovation #Enology #BottlingExcellence

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Join us for the 21st edition of ZOOMARK,

the premier international trade show for pet food and pet care.

Organized by BolognaFiere, this B2B event stands as Europe's pinnacle gathering

for manufacturers and distributors within the pet industry.


When: 5 - 7 May 2025

Where: Bologna, Italy


As the pet industry continues its rapid expansion,

driven by a growing emphasis on animal welfare and sustainability,

Zoomark remains at the forefront of this movement,

showcasing cutting-edge products and forging crucial partnerships.

Who will visit Zoomark 2025?


Independent pet shop retailers, groomers, veterinarians, breeders and other key industry players


Buyers from mass market, e-commerce platforms, wholesalers, distributors, importers, exporters


Past edition - 2023:

nearly 28,000 visitors from 120 countries

Early Bird 5% Discount on the exhibit surface rate, valid until the 30th of June 2024


To take advantage of the Early Bird Discount,

please submit the application form along with the proof of payment for the down payment, the marketing package and the registration fee by 30th June 2024.

The down payment amounts to €35 per square meter booked.


Minimum space required:

16 square meters / 1 open side 

(exceptions can be discussed)


Possibility of purchasing a pre-fitted booth



Explore Zoomark specialized zones, including:


NEXT 5.0: a hub dedicated to innovation and technology,

showcasing companies in the start-up phase and high-tech solutions.


FACTORY: a nexus for the entire supply chain,

facilitating invaluable networking opportunities.


AQUA PROJECT: caters specifically to the aquarium and terrarium industry, offering a curated showcase and a platform for industry professionals to engage in seminars and showcases.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of Zoomark 2025,

where industry leaders converge to shape the future of pet care and pet food!


For additional information and support, please send an email to

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Job Board

There is one new job vacancy on the SMILE Job Portal:​​

Receptionist/admin and sales assistant – Rosso Sport Auto

Administrative Assistant: Consolato generale d’Italia, Johannesburg



You will find where to apply on the above link.


View this and other job vacancies on the SMILE website via this link - CLICK HERE


If you are currently hiring, please take a look at SMILE vetted candidates HERE

Alla prossima!

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