Undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano spoke at the opening of the web conference "Invest in Bahrain" organised by Confindustria Assafrica e Mediterraneo in cooperation with the Economic Development Board of Bahrain and the Embassies of both countries. Also, the Bahraini Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al-Khalifa, the Director General of ICE, Roberto Luongo, and a large representation of the main companies of the two countries were present.
At the centre of the conference the prospects for the development of bilateral trade relations. Starting from the results of the productive Bahraini entrepreneurial mission held in Italy last February and led by Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa, Di Stefano recalled some of the most promising sectors for Italian companies: energy, infrastructure and the "3 Fs" (Food, Fashion, Furniture).
"The recent opening of the Bahrain Embassy in Rome and of a new ICE desk at the Italian Embassy in Manama from July 1st, as well as the next activation of the direct Milan-Manama flight, show the vitality of bilateral relations between Italy and Bahrain and will be fundamental for their strengthening, both in the economic field and in the tourism sector," the Undersecretary stated at the opening of the conference, also underlining the importance of the cooperation between States in the current historical moment, when the whole world is facing the consequences of the same health crisis from COVID-19.