INFORMEST has been created by the Italian Act no. 19/1991 and legally established in December 1992 by the Regional Administrations of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto and by the Italian Trade Commission.
Other shareholders are: the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce (Unioncamere) and other regional and local Chambers.
Informest main mission is the promotion of economic cooperation and provision of strategic and operative support to: the northeast Italy, the countries of Central and Southwest Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union, China and Asia.
In Italy, Informest consolidated its reputation for excellence by becoming one of the four national agencies for cooperation in the area of Southeast Europe (L. 84/01). Informest has completed projects championed by the cooperation strategies of Informest associate regions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Development. Since its foundation in 1991, Informest has continued to increase the number of focus countries: from Southeast Europe to the Baltic states, from Russia to the Republics of the former Soviet Union and looking towards Far Eastern countries such as China, Mongolia and Vietnam. Informest headquarters are located in Gorizia, very close to the border between Italy and Slovenia, where the 1st Italian-Slovenian EGTC has been established thanks to Informest technical assistance.
Informest counts on twent six people as permanent staff composed by project managers, project officers, analysts specialised in EU issues and geopolitcs as well as administrative and financial mangers with strong command of EU Contracting rules.
Informest deals with projects for transnational cohesion and growth mostly on behalf of public administrations, implementing their international policy with a particular focus on the Eastern European and Western Balkans countries, since it has deep knowledge of the economic context and long lasting and valuable partnerships with national/regional/local authorities and development actors, thanks to a large experience in capacity building projects, regional and local development twinning in particular.
Topics of Informest projects in South East European Countries are assistance to public institutions in pre-accession countries and support to EU Integration Process, improvement of entrepreneurial environment, integrated programming and public-private partnership building for territorial development, enhancement of attractiveness towards FDIs, tourism development strategy, support in adoption of EU standards and legislation and absorption capacity of local bodies.