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Italy keen to cooperate in 'Make In India' initiative


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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday said that Rome is keen to collaborate with the Centre's 'Make In India' flagship programme in key sectors such as Defence, research and development, renewable energy and science and technology.
Addressing the valedictory session of the India-Italy Technology Summit here, Conte said, "Before the tech summit, I had a fruitful meeting with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi where we reviewed all the areas of our bilateral partnership. Regarding our economic partnership, we have explored possible Italian contribution to 'Make In India'. We are keen to cooperate with the Indian government's 'Make In India' initiative in Defence, research and development, railways, renewable energy and science, and technology."
The Italian Prime Minister further emphasised on the importance of technology for innovative solutions across various sectors like robotics, particle physics and astrophysics to bring about inclusive growth.
He underlined that India and Italy are two strong democracies committed to promoting an effective multilateralism and strong economic governance, and ensuring dignified liveable conditions to its citizens.
Lauding India's rapid economic growth, Conte called for Indian investments in the country in an effort to further promote and strengthen business ties.
"Italy is the third largest economy in the Eurozone and we are the second largest industrial manufacturer in Europe. We are naturally keen to cooperate in the economic sphere. Technology and innovative solutions have opened up new scenarios in all our key sectors," Conte said.
He added that Italy has a long history of expertise in the field of higher education, research and highly skilled competitive human capital.
The Italian premier underscored that Italy will share its special expertise in the cultural heritage sector with India in an effort to bolster people-to-people relations between the two nations.
Conte added that the common goal between the two countries is to become partners in gaining innovation leadership and in addressing global challenges, thereby making sustainable development a reality.
Earlier today, the Italian Prime Minister arrived in New Delhi and met Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House. His visit is a part of the ongoing celebrations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Italy.

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First Published: Oct 30 2018 | 2:29 PM IST

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