ITALIAN DELEGATION PARTICIPATING IN THE BGBS 18
Italy is participating in 2018 as Partner Country in the Bengal Global Business Summit for the second year in a row, with an expected delegation of more than 30 companies where the sectors most represented will be transport and infrastructure, metals, leather.
This is an important development in the overall strategy for strengthening bilateral economic ties and follows the mission of Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Gentiloni, who visited Delhi last October: in that occasion it was agreed to inject a renewed momentum into the economic engagement between the two countries. The presence in Kolkata of the Italian delegation, that will be headed by H.E. the Italian Ambassador, Mr. Lorenzo Angeloni, is the first event of the year marking the common will to strengthen bilateral cooperation and opens the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
From last year participation in BGBS we have already noticed some important developments in the economic interaction between West Bengal and Italy and the announcement of the establishment in Kolkata of at least two new JVs between Italian and local companies: one in the railway sector and another in the IT sector. One more major Italian company, already operating in WB, has decided to renovate and expand their offices located in Kolkata. We hope that more results will be achieved after this year’s participation, with this regard we are glad to notice that a MoU will be signed in the Leather sector, for new technologies and training programs.
There is a huge potential of growth for Italian investments in India, we are confident that more Italian companies will be interested in coming to West Bengal, following the efforts put by the State Government to improve local business environment and foster investment attraction. Initiatives like the BGBS are very helpful to that aim because contribute to make Bengal better known in the Italian business environment.
The organization of the Italian delegation has been assured and coordinated by ArtValley. Some of the key persons are Prof. Paolo Gurisatti , representing the main national cluster for tannery and leather products (Vicenza), Prof. Alberto Cavicchiolo, organizer, Mr. Mauro Cibaldi, representing ASSOMET, Mr. Carmine Zappacosta, CEO Italcertifer, Mr. Federico Furlani, CEO SIMEM.
During the Press conference, the Italian Consul General Damiano Francovigh will present the Italian participation and will answer any questions.