Today, Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome will host the Bilateral Conference on Ukraine Reconstruction.
The conference, attended by representatives of the business world, trade associations, and main international financial institutions, is an opportunity to receive, directly from the Ukrainian authorities, information on what is needed to rebuild the country, and to allow the Italian government, institutions and companies to formulate concrete proposals to meet Kiev’s needs, both in terms of fast and medium- to long-term recovery.
The Conference will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a closed session consisting of 7 Thematic Tables on as many sectors identified as priorities for reconstruction, such as infrastructure and transport, energy and environment, agro-industry, health, digital and services, space and aviation, and steel industry.
At 11 a.m., a plenary session introduced by Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Edmondo Cirielli will be held, followed by speeches by the international financial institutions present. At 12.00 noon institutional speeches by Italian and Ukrainian authorities will be given.
The proceedings will be introduced by Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Matteo Salvini, Minister of Economy and Finance, Giancarlo Giorgetti and Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso. The competent Ukrainian ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba and First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Julija Svyrydenko, will also be present. The conclusions of the Conference, preceded by the speech of Confindustria’s Vice President for International Affairs, Barbara Beltrame, will be entrusted to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
“I am proud of the work we have done to organise the Conference on the Reconstruction of Ukraine”, said Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani, stating that “Italian companies, with their entrepreneurial spirit and know-how in sectors such as infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, health, digital, space and steel industry, will be able to provide an essential contribution to the reconstruction of the country”. This process, according to Tajani, “can, or rather must, begin before the end of the war”.
“It is not simply a matter of rebuilding Ukraine, but of building it back better, accelerating its journey towards an EU path”, added the Deputy Prime Minister.