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Undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano on a mission in Bali

The Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Manlio Di Stefano, will be on a mission in Bali, from today to 23 September, to attend the Trade, Investment and Industry Ministerial Meeting of G20 countries and the events to be held on the sidelines of the summit.

This year, the rotating G20 Presidency is held by Indonesia, a member that along with Italy and India – respectively, the country that hosted the G20 last year and the one that will host it next year – belongs to the so-called ‘troika’, namely, the group of countries cooperating in order to ensure the forum’s continuity.

“Recover together, recover stronger” is the theme the Indonesian Government has chosen for the summit to act on the results achieved in 2021 under the Italian Presidency, which contributed to the success of the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organisation.

The G20 Trade, Investment and Industry event will break down into three sessions (the first two taking place on 22 September and the third being scheduled for 23 September) that will address, on the whole, six priority issues. The first session will be dedicated to the reform of the WTO and the role the multilateral trade system can play to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The second session will focus on sustainable investment and on consistency between trade and industry. The third session will address the international trade’s response to global pandemics and the role of digital trade.

Mr Di Stefano, acting as representative of the outgoing Presidency, will take the floor in the opening session and in all thematic sessions, stressing the priority goals for the European trade policy and for Italy in the current, troubled geopolitical setting. Furthermore, on 23 September, the Undersecretary will open the second session of the B20, the dialogue forum organised within the G20 alongside the global business community. That session will focus on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by creating resilient and inclusive global value chains.