Italy grants Zim $1,9m for Expo Milano

HARARE - Italy will provide $1,9 million to fund Zimbabwe’s participation at the Expo Milano 2015 conference.

The event will be hosted in Milan, northern Italy, and will take place from May 1 to October 31 of next year.

The idea of the expo is to gather the most prestigious minds of the world to tackle the problem of sustainable progress, and showcases elements of innovation in technology and science connected to the field of food.

Enrico de Agostini, Italy’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, said: “Italian funding for Zimbabwe’s pavilion is meant to enhance the country’s participation and involvement at Expo Milano 2015.

“Naturally, Expo 2015 represents a great opportunity for stronger commercial and cultural ties between Zimbabwe and Italy. The potential is huge as the Italian economy is ranked fourth largest in Europe with a contribution of more than 13 percent of the European Union’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

“Our economy has a strong design and technology focus and we have some of the world’s leading manufacturers of agro-industry, food processing, and mining machinery.

In addition, Italy is, of course, famous for its fashion industry but let us not forget the Italians’ excellence in infrastructure development — Kariba dam was, after all built by a consortium of Italian companies,” said De Agostini.

Speaking at the launch ceremony of Zimbabwe’s participation at the Expo, Trade and Commerce deputy minister Charity Mabuwa said the funding will cover costs for 250 square metres of exhibition space, pavilion construction and fittings as well as operating costs for the six month period.

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