Time.news – An Italian day, under the banner of the Tricolore, which showed all its dowry of excellence and its seductive charge. At Expo 2020 Dubai, each of the 192 participating countries is celebrated with a national day. During the Italian National Day, with the ministers Di Maio, Cingolani and Giovannini, Italy represented its credentials as a strategic hub for international investments in the next medium term.
The message is clear: “Italy is Back on Track: Recovery, Resilience and Attractiveness”. The workshop that took place under the aegis of the Italian Pavilion was the container of confrontation between institutional representatives and economic interests of our country and potential Emirati investors, who are already first in Italy among the Gulf countries, with an FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) of 330 million euros in 2020.
Led by Minister Di Maio, by that of the Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani and by the Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility Enrico Giovannini, in addition to beauty, Italy also showed the seductive power of a GDP growing by more than 6% in 2021 and in which, according to a survey on the attractiveness of Ernst and Young, foreign investment grew by 5% in 2020despite Covid. The recent investments in the country by multinationals such as Philip Morris, Nokia, Equinix and Lulu Group, whose representatives were invited to present their case histories, also concretely testify to this. Which for Italy is also a success story.
Ministers Giovannini and Cingolani offered an overview of investments that want to “change the face of the country on mobility and infrastructure”, starting with the national strategy to strengthen the business climate with the “National Recovery and Resilience Plan” (NRRP) and the European Union program “Next Generation EU” in the period 2021-2026.
Decarbonisation, gigafactories, passive CO2 reduction, circular economy, high speed, intermodality, are the keywords resonated several times in the hall overlooking the great dome of Al Wasl Plaza. “Italy is at the center of the Mediterranean, it is a point of arrival but also of exit” said Giovannini, alluding to the Middle East and Asia, as well as the Suez Strait.
The Deputy Governor of the Italian Central Bank Alessandra Perrazzelli provided first-hand insights into the Italian economic outlook, while the Italian think tank “The European House-Ambrosetti” presented the ranking of Italy in the “Global Attractionness Index” (GAI) and the “#Italy is Different” campaign, aimed at highlighting the strong strengths of the Italian economy. The success of the Made in Italy export registered until September (+ 20% compared to the same period last year) strongly motivates the new desks of the Italian Trade Agency, which will increase from 19 to 26 by the end of the year. Tangible demonstration of “strength and resilience”, said the ambassador of Italy to the Emirates Nicola Lener.
And to Italy, this morning, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, did not spare his compliments, inaugurating the day with official tones but also friendly towards the team of the Pavilion: “One of the most notable contributions to Expo is the 3D reproduction of Michelangelo’s David which demonstrates how innovation and culture can be connected and which symbolizes a Renaissance after the pandemic. “ Confirming a success of over 500,000 spectators in presence from the opening, placing the Pavilion among the most visited. At dusk, the queue began to gather again at the entrance to the Pavilion, after the various institutional events. To close the day will be closed by the Teatro alla Scala Academy, under the guidance of Donato Renzetti, with symphonies and arias by Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini.