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Michele Colonna  Flavio Villotta








   Sinapsys is a project that has the goal of constructing a physical site, built in the area of the Province of Milan, where activities finalized towards improving the cultural relationships and trade between Senegal and the Senegalese community living in Italy will be hosted. Overall, the centre is committed to making the integration process ever easier while, at the same time, promoting entrepreneurial initiatives in Senegal.
Senegal represents the Pilot Country of the initiative, that has the final goal of shaping itself Pan-African, Cultural, Social and Economic Centre, to which all African Countries, who are interested in participating, will be invited to take part.

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       As can be seen in the table below, in the last year a strong increase (+39,3%) of the presence of Senegalese citizens in Italy has been recorded and this trend is confirmed for the following years. The official calculation of the amount of remittances comprises the flows of the banks, the mail and money transfers. If we consider the sums directly moved to the home land – by the immigrants or through friends - it would have arrived at the doubling of approximately one hundred billion dollars The calculation, made on a world-wide basis, can be used also for Italy. Beyond the remittances of money, objects (car, other machinery and assets) have to be considered. Caritas and Migrantes observe that “both in Italy and on a world-wide level, the tendency of the money remittances is on the up and up and, especially, this flow is less volatile than the direct investments and more considerable when compared to international development aids. All this leads us to consider migrations as a propeller, which may not be neglected, of economic exchanges between rich and other countries”.


  Sinapsys and its guidelines

1. One structure for every project (multidisciplinarity-interdisciplinarity)
Every project has an organigram of persons and resources independent and referenced to a project manager that reports the state of works of the jobs to Sinapsys. The participating companies and research institutes establish the method of participation, in this way producing an independent structure which is able to self-manage the developments of the operation.

2. Research, Training and Education, Planning, Production, Monitoring

Every activity has a phase of Research, Training and Education of human resources, Planning, Production and Monitoring of the entire operation. In this way every Operation is inserted into a constantly updated file that can be consulted by everyone: it will be possible moreover to estimate, in cost/benefit terms, single initiatives and to be able to gain advantage for future projects.

3. Weak issues people become issues of energy
With an approach of this type it is quite possible that the initial weak issues can be transformed into issues of force and characterize the entire project. The use of innovation technologies and approaches will bring interesting and profitable activities.

4. New financial architectures
Using financial architectures that work with different mental approaches from those usual ones, the entrepreneurial approach which is not exclusively focused on maximum obtainable profit, but on ethics, can create new models of unusual business which are however sustainable.

5. Short-, medium - and long-term plans
Thinking of the projects as systems that have a growth horizon and development over time, of continuing to maintain relationships formed and collaboration with the partner even after the end of the project, so as to forever upgrade the potential synergies of the Sinapsys network.



Sinapsys promotion committee

Arch. FLAVIO VILLOTTA (Eutech srl, Milan)
Dr. PAP KHOUMA (Cultural operator, Writer, Milan)
Dr. ALÌ KOUNDIA (Expert in bureaucratic and administrative structures, Milan)
Ing. MICHELE COLONNA (Green Lab srl – Science Park Trieste))
Ing. LEONARDO NHANALA (ICS United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Science Park, Trieste)
Arch. ILARIA GAROFOLO (University of Trieste, Faculty of Architecture)
Ing. MAURO BERTAGNIN (University of Udine, Faculty of Engineering)
Dr. FRANCESCA ZENNARO (Area Science Park Trieste)
Ing. ANDREA GRAZIANI (“Guglielmo Marconi” Radio-electric Research Centre, Science Park, Trieste)
Dott. ANTONIO PORTALURI (Cerelink Inc., Como)

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