The Italian Trade Agency-ICE is the Government agency that supports the globalisation of Italian firms, under the Ministry of Economic Development's strategies. ICE helps to develop, facilitate and promote Italian economic and trade relations with foreign countries, focusing on the needs of SME, their associations and partnerships. ICE sustains Italian firms in their internationalisation processes and promotes the marketing of Italian goods and services, Italian investments, as well as the image of "Made in Italy'' products worldwide.
ICE provides information, support and consultancy to Italian companies on foreign markets, promoting and fostering export and cooperation in all areas - industry, agricultural and agriifood, services, etc. - with the target of increasing their presence and making it more effective on international markets. ICE works closely with the Italian Regions, the network of the Italian Chambers of Commerce, business organisations and other public and private entities. ICE headquarters are in Rome, with a large network of offices around the world and acts as "Trade Promotion Sections" of the Italian Embassies or Consulates.