(ANSA) - DUBAI, APRIL 26 - "Tomorrow I will inaugurate the Italian pavilion at Expo Dubai, a visible testimony of our attention to the most advanced technologies, but also to the enhancement of our heritage of art, history and culture.
It is no coincidence that the theme we have chosen for the Expo is 'Beauty unites people'. Beauty can be a vehicle of knowledge and an important instrument of connection, innovation and sustainability ". This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, speaking this morning at the Dubai Future Foundation, during his visit to the United Arab Emirates." Invitation therefore to look to the future with the awareness of our past and our values. The Italian government is at your side in this process ", added the minister. Expo Dubai 2020, postponed by one year due to Covid-19, will open its doors to the public in October.
During his visit to the Emirates, the minister highlighted the effectiveness of the Global Start-up Program launched by the ICE, an important element - he said - of the collaboration between Italy and the United Arab Emirates. "I am convinced that attention to innovation, combined with entrepreneurial intuition, is a winning strategy" - he continued -.
"The latest Ice report on Italian innovative start-ups presents very promising numbers in this regard. And I see with great satisfaction that an important component of startuppers here is Italian. There are almost 12,000 of them, with a total share capital that exceeds 700 We have start-ups active in many and different sectors: business services, manufacturing, trade ", added the minister, also underlining" the important presence of women and young people in their social structure ".
"Creating jobs, developing exports, promoting the ecological transition towards a more sustainable and therefore increasingly competitive economy at an international level is the vision that moves us and which is the basis of Italian participation in Expo Dubai", he said. the Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, meeting in Dubai with the partner companies and sponsors of the Italian Pavilion of Expo 2020, in the presence, among others, of the Commissioner for Italy Paolo Glisenti, of the president of the Ice Agency Carlo Ferro, of the CEO of Sace Pierfrancesco Latini, CEO of Simest Mauro Alfonso and the Vice President for Internationalization of Confindustria Barbara Beltrame. "The ambitious economic diversification program underway in the United Arab Emirates is favoring theopening up the country to cutting-edge sectors, such as the green economy and renewable energy, aerospace and artificial intelligence, the creation of an agro-industrial supply chain and health. These are all sectors that represent great opportunities for our companies that look with interest to the Emirates as a platform for connecting with the markets of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia ", continued Di Maio." Expo Dubai is therefore an opportunity unique to enhance our skills, stimulate collaborations and promote Made in Italy on the markets with the greatest growth potential in the coming years for our exports, also with a view to attracting investments ", underlined the minister, listing a series of initiatives by the Commissioner , Ice and Confindustria also "to bring business delegations from Italy to Dubai and thus broaden the opportunities for small and medium-sized Italian companies "." These actions are part of the Pact for Export, the strategy we launched last June to support of Italian exporting companies and which will find in Expo Dubai - concluded Di Maio - the most ambitious internationalization project of the next few years ".the strategy we launched last June in support of Italian exporting companies and which will find in Expo Dubai - concluded Di Maio - the most ambitious internationalization project of the next few years ".the strategy we launched last June in support of Italian exporting companies and which will find in Expo Dubai - concluded Di Maio - the most ambitious internationalization project of the next few years ".