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Deputy Minister Ivan Scalfarotto at the virtual signing ceremony of the Italy-OECD Memorandum of Understanding on the Trento Centre for Local Development.

The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ivan Scalfarotto, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Ulrik Knudsen, participated in the virtual signing ceremony for the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the OECD and the Government of the Italian Republic on the Trento Centre for Local Development.

The Centre is financially supported by the Autonomous Province of Trento and by the Autonomous Region of Trentino-Alto Adige-South Tyrol. Since its establishment, in 2003, it has been involved in the local development, promotion, analysis and monitoring of initiatives, policies and partnerships among governments, civil society and the business world.

“At the beginning of the assumption of the presidency of the G20,” said Scalfarotto, “Italy and the OECD, whose 60th anniversary we commemorated a few days ago, renew the five-year agreement on the Trento Centre. We are confident that the Centre’s activities can continue to make Italy a pole of excellence among the OECD countries in regional and local development sectors. We also hope to include the sector of Small and Medium Enterprises, culture and creative industry, which are crucial to post-pandemic economic recovery.”

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