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Meeting of Italy’s institutional network at the Embassy in Washington. Increasingly strong Italy-US bonds.



Meeting of Italy’s institutional network at the Embassy in Washington. Increasingly strong Italy-US bonds.

Washington D.C., October 12, 2018 – Today marked the start of the annual coordination meeting of Italian institutions in the United States, representing the Country System. The Embassy of Italy in Washington hosted the Director-General for the Promotion of the Italian Economic System of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincenzo De Luca, together with Heads of Consular Offices of the Italian network in the United States, Directors of Cultural Institutes, School Office directors, the Heads of Trade Commissions and representatives of ENIT (tourist board) and the Bank of Italy in North America.

The meetings, chaired by Ambassador Armando Varricchio, confirmed the excellent bonds between Italy and the United States and presented an overview of results achieved over the last year in politics, trade and commerce, support to businesses, promotion of our “Made in Italy”, investment attraction, scientific and technological research, culture and services provided to the Italian community.

From an economic perspective, these outstanding results are reflected in the constantly growing economic trade: $ 68.3 billion in 2017, an increase of 10.2% compared to 2016. This positive trend continued in 2018, as between January and July exchange reached $ 45.4 billion dollars, + 18.1% compared to the same period in 2017.

The United States is a reference market for Italian businesses in all sectors, from the traditional to the more advanced, to include that of defense. Italian professionalism and quality continue to meet with great success, as was once again proved by Leonardo’s recent award of the tender to provide helicopters to the US Air Force.

An area of particular interest is that of collaboration in Space. Tomorrow, the Embassy will host a workshop on orbital flights with both Italian and US companies.

Cultural collaboration continues to be the backdrop for relations between our Countries. This is evident in the many joint initiatives between public and private institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, which flourish and enrich relations between our countries. Among these, an exhibition on Tintoretto, which opened in Venice in September and which, in March 2019, will be on display in Washington, at the National Gallery of Art.

This strong and unique bond between our Countries is made all the more special by the daily contributions of the Italian and Italian-American community, so perfectly integrated in the political, economic, cultural and social life of the United States.

“Relations between Italy and the United States are increasingly friendly and solid in all areas”, said Ambassador Varricchio “as confirmed by the meeting in July between the President of the Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte, and President Trump, as well as by the recent Presidential Proclamation on Columbus Day, 2018”.