The Export Plan for Southern Italy N.2, also known as the Southern Export Plan 2 (PES2), is a multi-year programme of initiatives aimed at boosting and enhancing the internationalization of SMEs and the icon of Italian products around the world.

It is aimed at products and services provided by enterprises located in less developed regions (Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Apulia and Sicily) and transition regions (Abruzzo, Molise and Sardinia). The Plan is developed by Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) to comply with the European Commission’s National Operational Plan on Enterprises and Competitiveness 2014-2020 (European Regional Development Fund – ERDF).

Operational management is undertaken by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) in partnership with regional institutions and local industrial organizations.

The programme revolves around two main types of initiatives: training and coaching within Italy, and promotional activities abroad.

In particular, it focuses on micro, small and medium enterprises, startups, consortia, business networks and universities located in this speci c geographical area.

Many activities are carried out in international markets, such as the countries of the European Union, North America and Asia, in order to facilitate forms of commercial, industrial and technological collaboration between Italian companies and foreign counterparts.