During the first Convention of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide, organized in Rome in October 2003 by the Minister for Italians Living Abroad, an idea emerged that Italian business communities abroad can provide an extraordinary opportunity and competitive advantage for Italy.
In June 2004 CIIM (Confederazione degli Imprenditori Italiani nel Mondo - Confederation of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide) was established with the intent to develop a global business network linking Italian business communities abroad with businesses operating in Italy. CIIM's goal is to enable its members to work cooperatively in foreign markets to promote innovation and the opportunity to exchange experiences, ideas, contacts.
Participating members hold high ranking positions in today's business community, are either Italian or of Italian origin, and reside, or have a business, abroad.
While CIIM is influenced by the main office in Rome, its chapters around the world are strategically run as independent entities and are financed by local members.
CIIM North America is a coordinating committee, which facilitates collaboration and coordination between the activities of CIIM USA and CIIM Canada and their respective local chapters.