The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the International Pastry, Ice Cream and Chocolate Making Federation (Federazione Internazionale Pasticceria Gelateria e Cioccolateria, FIPGC), represented respectively by Deputy Minister Manlio Di Stefano and President Roberto Lestani, was held this morning.
The Protocol regulates the collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with its diplomatic-consular network and the Italian Cultural Institutes and ICE (Italian Trade Agency) Offices, and the FIPGC for the organisation of events that promote Italian pastry, ice cream and chocolate making.
"The Deputy Minister declared: "The signing of this Protocol further enriches the tools supporting the promotion of our agricultural and culinary excellence, in a sector, namely desserts, which is an undisputed wealth of our territories and another great vehicle to tell their history and traditions, i.e. their identity. Many Italian products have made our confectionery famous worldwide, from panettone to pastiera, from baci di dama to Sicilian cannoli, from tiramisù to cassata. With this Protocol, we are implementing the centuries-old experience of professional expertise and skills that are studied, learned, passed down and find their expression in the creation of a product that also contains an artistic component in terms of shape and image. A mastery of craftsmanship that has brought Italian confectionery art to levels of excellence. An art with worldwide recognition, that we intend to enhance by actively including it in the promotional "Vivere all'italiana" (Living Italian Style) strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.