NNA - Lebanon's Ambassador to Rome, Mira Daher, met on Saturday with Claudio Pascualucci, the regional representative of the Italian Agency for Foreign Trade (ICE), who will be assuming his new duties in Beirut upcoming March 1st.
The meeting, which was also attended by the Military Attaché at the Lebanese Embassy in Rome, Brigadier General Ghassan Abboud, was devoted to tackling ways of strengthening economic and trade relations between Lebanon and Italy, and activating bridges of joint cooperation.
Talks also centered on the importance of setting priorities and mechanisms that contribute to activating trade exchange and provide the necessary facilities to encourage investments between the two friendly countries, making good use of the capabilities available in Lebanon and working with Italian companies for investment and establishing joint venture projects in many sectors.
Daher assured the Italian official of "Lebanon's keenness on reactivating the economic wheel between the two countries, despite the difficult circumstances the country is going through."
She stressed that Italy has always been the first trading partner with Lebanon, whereby a lot of Italian products are used extensively in all sectors. She pointed to "the tremendous capacities present in Lebanon, which can be of great benefit in all fields, as well as considering Lebanon a launching platform for many markets in the world, because of the Lebanese people's expertise, openness, culture and love of achievement."
"The Lebanese excel wherever they are...All they need are job opportunities. This cooperation will be good for both countries," Daher corroborated, commending Italy for the "important and distinguished role it always plays."
For his part, Pascualucci announced in an interview with the National News Agency his desire to help Lebanon find more trade and investment opportunities for both countries, as well as support the development of bilateral economic and trade ties.
He affirmed that he would work to attract investments in strategic sectors in both countries, including the manufacturing, logistical services and agricultural sectors that characterize Lebanon. "We will work together and Italy will provide Lebanon with all necessary technical expertise to improve production," pledged Pascualucci.
"Lebanon is a strong country that may bend but not kneel," he said, adding that his agency's office will provide assistance services to direct Italian investors to enter the Lebanese local market.
"I will work to develop the close economic and trade partnership between Italy and Lebanon, create opportunities between Italian and Lebanese companies, and facilitate trade and investment relations in many sectors, as the Lebanese ambassador promised," Pascualucci underlined.
In a statement to NNA, Ambassador Daher also expressed her joy towards the Italian trade official's position and the smooth functioning of the economic-commercial bilateral relations between both countries.
She added that "Pascualucci's management of the regional office will contribute to encouraging economic relations, so that Italy will remain an essential economic partner of Lebanon."