Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Italy's Deputy Minister for Economic Development calls on SM Goh

SINGAPORE: Italy's Deputy Minister for Economic Development Adolfo Urso has called on Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at the Istana.

Mr Goh and Mr Urso had wide-ranging discussions on the state of bilateral economic ties and the potential for closer collaboration.

Mr Urso expressed confidence in Asia's potential and said that Italy hopes to partner Singapore to explore opportunities in the region.

Mr Goh briefed Mr Urso on recent economic developments in Asia and said that Singapore can be a platform for Italian companies to venture into the region.

Mr Urso is leading a delegation of 80 Italian companies to Singapore from June 14 to 16.

Last year, Italy was Singapore's fifth largest trading partner in Europe, with total bilateral trade valued at S$5.8 billion.

- CNA/yt

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