Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Maria Tripodi, today attended the opening ceremony of “EXPO Doha 2023 – Green Desert, Better Environment”, the universal exposition dedicated to horticulture, environment and sustainability hosted by the State of Qatar until the end of March 2024 and opened by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The ceremony was followed by the inauguration of the Italian pavilion, named “The Garden of the Future”, the largest European exhibition space in the event. The Italian pavilion was visited by Emir Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani joined by his sisters Sheikha Al-Mayassa and Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, President of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who were welcomed by Undersecretary Tripodi and Ambassador to Qatar Paolo Toschi. “The Garden of the Future” showcases a wide range of cutting-edge techniques in agriculture suitable for combating desertification and minimising crops’ environmental impact and water use. Produced by Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, it “perfectly matches the goal of EXPO Doha 2023 and presents the best of Italian technologies in the agricultural sector to an international audience that is always attentive to the latest developments in sustainability,” Undersecretary Tripodi said at the inauguration, adding that “Our companies can play a major role, especially in a context such as North Africa and the Middle East, in combating desertification, promoting the economy and food security of many countries of primary importance to our national interest. Italy has the largest pavilion among European countries in Doha; this confirms our desire to play a leading role in the region, as demonstrated by the recent visit to Qatar by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni”.