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Envoy Andreas Ferrarese On Growing Pak-Italy Terms

ISLAMABAD: The bond of friendship between Italy and Pakistan is growing stronger and both countries have agreed to broaden and diversify bilateral relations, particularly in the field of economic cooperation.

These views were expressed by Ambassador of Italy H.E. Andreas Ferrarese while addressing the ladies and gentlemen who converged here to celebrate the National Day of the Italian Republic on Saturday (3rd of June, 2023).

Conspicuous among others there were Federal Minister for Defense Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Governor of Punjab Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani, Senators, law-makers, members of diplomatic corps, business community and civil society.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif while congratulating the Ambassador reiterated that Pakistan and Italy enjoyed excellent relations which is poised to grow in the coming days.

Khawaja Asif pointing out that Italy had always supported Pakistan on issues like GSP etc., said Pakistan duly recognized the Italian goodwill gesture and sought to further expand these relations.

While welcoming the guests Andreas Ferrarese noted the year 2023 also marked the 77th anniversary of the Italian Republic Day as well as the 75th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Italy and Pakistan.

“Over the years, Italy has emerged as one of the top destinations in Europe for tourists, students, and employment seekers,” said the ambassador who attributed this to the highest social standards in Italy besides its unique history and robust economy.

“Italian Pakistan enjoyed excellent relations and the establishment of the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) office in Islamabad is a milestone in exploring mutual business relations,” he said.

“This would be a major step towards enhanced trade cooperation. We shall continue to explore the avenues with a focus on agriculture, renewable energy, textiles, construction and tourism,” he stressed.

While referring to the 5th Pakistan Joint Economic Commission that took place on May 29-30 in Rome, the ambassador noted, “The two sides agree to establish a joint framework to deal with climate change and cooperation, water management to deal with climate change.”

“This also serves as an important roadmap for Cooperation which covers climate change, trade and investment, heritage and culture, agriculture, technical cooperation, higher education and transfer of technology sectors,” he added.

The ambassador also termed the bilateral trade at a historical high i.e. €2 billion.

The Italian ambassador spoke highly of the Pakistani community living across Italy.

“With a community exceeding 180,000, Italy is home to the largest Pakistani diaspora in Europe (post-Brexit). Their contribution to the Italian economy, as well as to that of their native country, is remarkable,” the Italian diplomat held.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.