JCU and Confcommercio Conference on Legality and Modernity

On November 28, 2012, the Headquarters of Confcommercio in Rome hosted the bilingual Conference “Exploring How Legality and Modernity Should Shape New Models of Sustainable Growth.”

The Conference was organized by John Cabot University and Confcommercio (The Italian General Confederation of Enterprises, Professional Occupations and Self-employment, the largest Italian business Confederation representing more than 700,000 enterprises) and addressed many themes tied to legality and modernity, and how they affect the economy, the environment, and business.

The important event was a fitting conclusion of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of John Cabot University and its great success in terms of quality of content and speakers, participation and impact, was an additional way to honor our University.

One of the key speakers at the Conference was Pietro Grasso, Italy’s Chief Anti-mafia Prosecutor. The prestigious panel of guests also included the President of Confcommercio Carlo Sangalli, John Cabot University President Franco Pavoncello, JCU Vice-President, Dean of Academics, CFA and Professor of Economics Mary Merva, and JCU Lecturer in Economics and Professor of Banking and International Finance.

According to Prosecutor Pietro Grasso, “Organized crime, corruption, and tax evasion all weaken economic systems. Even though this is a well-known problem, phenomena tied to illegality continue to be an impediment to the development of our and many other countries.” After telling touching episodes from his personal life, Prosecutor Grasso added “We need a moral revolt against all ruling classes that have exploited public institutions for their own profit or ambition. We must all roll up our sleeves and work together.”

President Pavoncello stressed the capital role of legality in promoting development and democracy. “Legality is a paramount theme for Italy and directly related to modernity and growth. Without the presence of consolidated Institutions to uphold the law, modernity can hinder the economic development and growth of our country, but we have the potential to overcome these obstacles and to conjugate legality and growth in our future.”

For a detailed description of the event and its guests speakers, click here.