Industrialists ponder the future of Ticino

A long document (over 100 pages) with six main topics and dozens of proposals for restarting Ticino’s economic future. This is what Aiti, the Ticino Industries Association, which produced the document entitled “Strategic Plan for the Development of the Canton of Ticino” stands for. “They are job offers and not impositions,” the president of Aiti explained Oliviero Pesenti. «The industrial sector represents more than 20% of the cantonal GDP and we want to hear at least. This does not mean that we are the ones who hold the absolute truth, but we want to try to launch a public debate on how we envisage the future, “said Pesenti, adding that” the strategic plan is not just about Institutions ruled. and policy, but requires the participation of companies in their commitment to harmonious economic development ”.

The idea for the document, we recall, was born a year ago. The proposal – he says instead Stefano Modenini, Director of Aiti -, «will be held on the occasion of the ordinary meeting of June 1st for consultation with the associated companies. Only after this consultation and with the vote of an extraordinary meeting in the autumn, the strategic plan will be considered final ”.

As already mentioned, six macro-themes were identified: human capital and school, vocational and academic training; Creation and development of an innovation ecosystem; Business culture; Taxation and competitiveness of the territory; Corporate social and environmental responsibility; Labor market. The largest space, a sign that these are the topics most felt by the industrial companies operating in the area, are occupied by the first two. “In general, we are asking for digital skills in the so-called voice (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to be raised at the school and professional level,” Modenini continues. In particular, it is proposed to update the vocational school orientation on the industrial professions, to improve the teaching staff and the partnership between business and school. And that starts from the compulsory school, where we have to advance German lessons in the 6th grade, as well as provide the basic education in electronics, mechanics and computer science. The Aiti document proposes to move the school and vocational counseling office of the school division to that of vocational training. This is also to promote a ‘value orientation’ towards business culture and entrepreneurship.

As far as post-compulsory courses are concerned, it is proposed to increase the number of training companies as well by disseminating knowledge about internships among companies with foreign management. “In the last two years, despite the pandemic, this has happened. Teaching places have grown, but that is not enough,” Modenini acknowledged.

The Aiti document also addresses the topic of high school and academic studies. “In high school, we should reintroduce the obligation of the German language, as was the case a few decades ago,” says the director of Aiti.

Stronger innovation ecosystem

The second most significant theme is that dedicated to innovation. “Institutions and parties should commit their economic policies more decisively to supporting innovation, with adequate public investment higher than the current one, look at what other cantons are doing,” recalls Modenini, citing the example of Wales, where 400 million Francs were. for innovation thanks to the collaboration between public bodies and companies. Industries are looking positively at the future park of innovation, but propose the creation of thematic centers of excellence based on the needs of the cantonal economy “focus, at least initially, on one or two centers and sectors dedicated to the Territories are remarkable “. “It will hardly be possible for local companies to participate in joint projects if they are not really feeling for themselves,” adds Stefano Modenini, who invites them to invest in research and development as well as the implementation of 5G networks. to encourage.

And in order to stay on the subject of taxes and public finances, Aiti calls for the timing of the cantonal tax reform to be enacted, the tax rate on corporate profits from 8 to 5.5% from 1.1.2025 and the cantonal tax coefficient of 97 to 96% from 1.1.2024, as predicted in previous years.

As far as the people are concerned, it is hoped that Ticino’s tax system will be brought back to the Swiss average by reducing the maximum rate from 15 to 11%.

This will in any case be discussed next June 1st at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano, also in the presence of State Councilor Chrisitian Vitta, Head of the DFE. The meeting will see as a guest the Vice President of Confindustria Italia Barbara Beltrame Giacomello.

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