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Abdullah Bin Zayed at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, received the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

During the meeting held at Expo 2020 Dubai, the two ministers discussed bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and Italy and their development in all areas.

Sheikh Abdullah and Di Maio also discussed several issues of mutual interest and regional and international developments, as well as Italy’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai and the role of the international event in promoting cooperation between the two countries in many areas.

Sheikh Abdullah welcomed Di Maio’s visit and emphasized the deep ties between the two friendly countries and their common will to improve their overall cooperation.

Sheikh Abdullah and Di Maio then visited the Italian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which is located in the Opportunity District and has the motto “Beauty Connects People”. Sheikh Abdullah explored the design of the pavilion, which is inspired by the beauty of the sea and the size and creativity of the explorers, as well as the contents of the pavilion, which is made of environmentally friendly materials.

The meeting was attended by Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Omar Obaid Mohammed Hassaan Al Shamsi, Ambassador of the UAE to Italy.

Italy celebrated its national day, Expo 2020 Dubai, on Wednesday with a touch of Italian style, including a cultural performance by the Carabinieri Band of the Italian Armed Forces following the resurrection of the red-white-green Il Tricolore in Al Wasl Plaza.

The Carabinieri Band performed in front of UAE dignitaries led by Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and an Italian delegation led by Luigi Di Maio, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

The program then continued at the Expo’s Business Connect Center with bilateral and general meetings between senior officials.

Sheikh Nahyan said, “Italy’s rich history and culture have inspired artists, writers and innovators from around the world at all times and this is reflected in Italy’s uniquely designed pavilion. Under the title “Beauty Connects People”, the pavilion is a fascinating showcase for art and culture that shares Italy’s enchanting notion of beauty with our visitors through the unmistakably curated content of the exhibition and perfectly shows how innovation and culture are intertwined.

“At Expo 2020, Italy’s multidisciplinary approach to its pavilion and the focus on educational, business and cultural offerings promote these priorities and open new perspectives for further cooperation between our nations that ensure the progress and prosperity of our people.”

The Italy Pavilion, he said, is a showcase of carefully selected and curated content, and at its center is a 3D-printed replica of Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture.

Di Maio said, “Expo 2020 Dubai is the first world exposition in the Middle East – a global hub that opens up unique opportunities for the full resumption of international tourism and investment flows at this crucial time. Therefore, our participation in Expo 2020 Dubai offers Italy an opportunity to reach a global audience.

“At Expo 2020 Dubai, thanks to the support and qualified contributions of the Italian regions to the Expo participation projects, we will also highlight the beauty and diversity of Italian territories. With over 360,000 visitors in the first five weeks and around 10,000 daily visits, Italy’s pavilion is already one of the most popular, ”he added.

Separately, Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State, visited the pavilions of Palestine, Lebanon and Iran at Expo 2020 Dubai, where he was informed about the cultural diversity that the pavilions of these countries offer their visitors.

He was delighted with the participation of the three countries in Expo 2020 Dubai and said: “The expo is an ideal opportunity to revitalize the world economy as this global event is a platform to showcase the innovations and achievements of the countries in different fields Establish trade partnerships. “, Open up new markets and attract more investment.” He stressed that Expo 2020 Dubai has high values ​​that strengthen relations between the countries of the world and the peoples of the world under the banner of tolerance, coexistence and peace unite, embodied human brotherhood at its best.

Magnetic Maharashtra: As part of the Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0 initiative, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) held a round table for the logistics and storage industry at Expo 2020 in Dubai. The event, held at the India Pavilion on Wednesday, highlighted and discussed various policies and incentives in the logistics sector that the state is offering global investors.

Ajit Patil, Jt. CEO, MIDC, said: “The strategic location of Maharashtra and the seamless connection to national and international regions due to its port and airport connections make it an ideal location for logistics and warehouse activities.” He added: ” As one of the best developed logistics centers in India, the state offers limitless opportunities for manufacturers, innovators and suppliers, and we work tirelessly to make the environment more beneficial for foreign investors. ”

The state’s 2018 Logistics Parks Policy aims to upgrade traditional warehousing to fully integrated value-added logistics, improve efficiency and reduce logistics costs, thereby enhancing the state’s entire logistics infrastructure to provide seamless last mile connectivity. As part of Maharashtra’s 2019 Industrial Policy, logistics is considered a push sector and is given priority in land allocation and incentives. In addition, MIDC has reserved over 500 acres of industrial land for the development of warehouse and logistics facilities in the state.

With a GDP of $ 402 billion, Maharashtra is the largest contributor to the country’s nominal GDP. The state also attracted the largest share of FDI between 2020 and 2021, and also accounts for 20% of India’s total exports. Maharashtra is also a leader in manufacturing, contributing 15% of the country’s industrial output. It has the highest employable talent in India with 68% employability of its graduates and offers one of the best workforce.

Regarding the relationship between Maharashtra and the United Arab Emirates, Patil said: “The state has a very close relationship with the United Arab Emirates as over 17.5% of total exports from India to the United Arab Emirates come from Maharashtra. The bilateral relationship has matured and turned into a comprehensive strategic partnership as the two countries continue to seek deeper cooperation in new areas. “” Maharashtra is the largest and one of the most attractive investment destinations in India with robust policies, mature infrastructure and a skilled workforce ” , he added.

At the round table, Dr. P. Anbalagan, CEO, MIDC, attended by high-level speakers including Jitendra Kakuste, Jt MD AITL, Faisal Jassem, Manager Sales, Jafza (DP World), Rajesh Kamath, Director, Trading & Special Projects, Goltens Co., Idris Shahpurwala, Director -Sales and Marketing, Saifee Ship Chandlers, Ms. Anjali Ramchandani, DGM – Pricing & Network, Emirates Logistics, Vinit Bagadia, Director, Dhruva Media Services, Shirish Nadkarni, Advisor, Dhruva Media Services, Deepan Sharma, Managing Director, Captains Freight Services, Partha S. Pal, GM Commercial, International Shipping & Logistics, and Biji Joseph, General Manager, Middle East Fuji.

Meanwhile, a “Textile Week” in the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which begins Friday (today), will promote India as a sourcing destination for the global textile industry.

The one-week programs will be opened virtually by India’s State Minister for Textiles, Darshana V Jardosh. She said at the start of the opening: “India is the world’s second largest exporter of textiles and clothing and is focused on both quality and production volume in order to become a global production center.”

She found that Textile Week was an immense opportunity for global investors and buyers. “Indian textiles are world-famous because they not only represent the glorious past of the country, but also meet the requirements of modern times.”

The textile industry is India’s largest employer. It employs 45 million people. India’s foreign direct investments enable 100 percent investments to be made automatically in the entire textile value chain.

A high-level delegation, led by India’s additional secretary at the Textile Ministry, Vijoy Kumar Singh, will be in the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai during the scheduled week to meet global business associations, chambers of industry and explore potential business relationships through Investor-Connect- Programs and roundtable discussions.

The delegation consists of chairmen of important export promotion councils in the entire Indian textile sector, from handlooms to silk and from viscose to jute.


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