The Centre for Business Scenarios carries out research on countries, regions or issues of particular interest for the business community and for the Italian economy. The Centre aims at highlighting new trends and providing innovative tools to assess risks, grasp business opportunities, and draw medium- and long-term scenarios. It also organizes annual scenario conferences on selected countries (e.g. China), bilateral forums and business meetings ( currently with Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Egypt and Thailand), closed-door briefings and advanced training courses. In a joint effort with other ISPI research Centres and Programmes, the Centre publishes "ISPI Watch": periodic publications highlighting major developments in international trade, and trends with an impact on business in sub-Saharan Africa, China, Iran, India, and the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
All initiatives of the Centre are co-promoted by ISPI and Intesa Sanpaolo, in cooperation with Sace, as well as other Institutions and companies selected among ISPI's associates.
A specific Desk dedicated to Global Cities is also part of the Observatory.