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Italy and Uzbekistan: a bridge to the future, on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations
“The Italian Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan, guided by the common desire to develop relations of friendship and cooperation in the political, economic, commercial, cultural, humanitarian and other fields, reaffirm their decision to establish diplomatic relations by establishing diplomatic missions to level of Ambassadors". Thus began the Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Italian Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan signed on March 24, 1992. 25 years have passed and many initiatives have been carried out on both sides to develop and strengthen relations in the economic, cultural and scientific fields.
The Government of Uzbekistan operates in our territory through its own Embassy in Rome and theHonorary Consular Office in Caserta for the Campania and Molise regions. The Chamber of Commerce Italy Uzbekistan. Economic and cultural promotion initiatives are also carried out in Rome byItalian Institute for Asia (Isiamed) with his "Friendship Association Italy Uzbekistan". Recognized by the International Kurash Association, it is based in Caserta la Kurash Italian Federation which promotes Kurash in our country, an ancient Uzbek fight, which in 1998 became an international sport. In 2012 the Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the CIRPS - Interuniversity Research Center for Sustainable Development - of the La Sapienza University of Rome, and theSamarkand University Institute of Foreign Languages, to create collaboration on historical-literary studies concerning the history of Uzbekistan and in particular Amir Temur (Tamerlane), father of the Uzbek nation.
A sector agreement was then signed between the Milan Chamber of Fashion and the corresponding Uzbek organization. Finally, inter-university cooperation is very fruitful. There are many Uzbek students who go to Italy through the European Erasmus Mundus Program. Two countries and two peoples with diversity and similarities, united by the fact that they both have ancient cultural traditions on which their respective national identities are rooted. With its thirty-two million inhabitants, Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia and with the youngest population in the world. In six hours of direct flight with the Uzbekistan Airways you arrive in the splendid capital, Tashkent which can be admired for its modern architectural lines, interesting museums and parks. The capital is based inItalian Embassy, very active in the promotion of the Italian language and culture, and the Polytechnic of Turin. L'“Ferraris” State Hotel Institute of Caserta every year brings to Tashkent "the Week of Italian Cuisine"With the aim of promotion and professional training. In the Free Industrial Economic Zone ofNavoi some Italian companies have opened production units to conquer new markets. Two million tourists from all over the world visit the four historic cities located on the Silk Road every year, declared by UNESCO as "World Heritage Sites: Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane, where you can admire the ruins of the majestic Ak-Saray Palace (14th century); Khiva, which within its magnificent walls encloses mosques with blue domes, minarets and madrasas; Bukhara, an ancient caravan city famous throughout the world for its refined carpets and splendid monuments; Samarkand, with the marvelous buildings of the Timurid period and the Registan with the Madrasas.
These are just some of the many initiatives carried out in 25 years of Friendship and Cooperation. From the heart of the Mediterranean to the heart of Central Asia: 5,000 km of land and sky separate the two countries. In recent years, solid "bridges" have been built between the two realities through which new and interesting activities in the economic and cultural fields will see the light.
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Caserta.
Founder and president of the Italian Kurash Federation
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Economic cooperation between Italy and Uzbekistan could be at a turning point
- 31 October 2018
During the Eurasian Economic Forum, staged in Verona between 25 and 26 October, Uzbekistan and its relations with Italy were also discussed, a topic to which a special session was dedicated on the last day of the Forum. Uzbekistan, which was participating in the Economic Forum for the first time, arrived in Verona with a delegation made up of Otabek Akbarov, Uzbek ambassador to Italy, and Sodiq Safaev, vice president of the Tashkent Senate.
"I had a nice future-oriented conversation with the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, we shared the opinion that we must make common efforts to increase cooperation", said Ambassador Akbarov on the sidelines of the special session dedicated to economic relations between Uzbekistan and Italy. According to Akbarov, the former Soviet republic is already working to prepare a package of economic agreements between the two countries and to organize an official visit by President Mattarella, who has expressed his desire to travel to Uzbekistan as soon as possible.
Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic of Central Asia, is currently led by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who succeeded former President Islom Karimov in 2016 after a term of 25 years. Unlike his predecessor, Mirziyoyev was noted for a marked trend towards reforms and opening up to foreign economies, with which important economic agreements have already been signed. In addition to China, with which several agreements have already been entered into as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, also with Russia, with which treaties worth 27 billion dollars have just been concluded. A very similar, albeit less substantial, agreement was also reached with France, which signed an economic pact with Uzbekistan for 5 billion dollars.
EDITORIAL. Italy - Azerbaijan: 25 years of diplomacy. We look at the strategic partnership
In 1998, when I came to study in Italy, I could not imagine that after 19 years I would write an article dedicated to 25 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and Azerbaijan. This is my third permanent stay in Italy. Despite the distance and the time difference, all my experiences here have had one element in common: I have witnessed an increase in the quality level of relations between the two countries which today have reached a level of strategic partnership.
Italy has always been a much loved country in Azerbaijan. In my country, when you say Italy, its ancient history, rich culture, extraordinary music, art, cinema, nature, cuisine and finally fashion immediately come to mind. This also applies to the city of Naples, which was twinned in 1972 with my beloved Baku. However, the contacts between Azerbaijan and Italy date back much earlier: the presence of the legion of the Emperor Domitian in the current state reserve of Gobustan, located near Baku, the journey of Marco Polo to Baku, the constant relations between the cities -state in the current Italian territory and the states of Aghgoyunlu and Sefevidi in the current territory of Azerbaijan, are the clearest demonstration of this. Between the years 1918-1920, Italy established diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, the first in the entire Muslim East, and also had its own diplomatic representation in Baku.
When Azerbaijan regained independence on October 18, 1991, the country had to face multiple and complex problems, such as the military aggression of Armenia, the economic crisis, social difficulties. In this situation, one of the most appropriate solutions was the establishment of relations with the international world. On January 1, 1992, Italy recognized Azerbaijan’s independence and on May 8, the first diplomatic relations between the two countries were established.
From the very beginning, relations began to revolve around two significant issues: the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the development of the oil sector in Azerbaijan. The first president of the Minsk conference of the CSCE (now OSCE), whose aim was the resolution of the conflict, was the Italian Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Mario Raffaelli. Unfortunately, from 1992 to 1993, the period of the Italian presidency, the efforts aimed at the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the territory of Azerbaijan did not produce any results. Since 1995, the involvement of the Eni company in a series of projects aimed at the exploitation of oil and gas fields has laid the foundations for economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Italy. Italy, considering the political, economic and strategic importance of Azerbaijan, has decided to establish the first embassy between the countries of the South Caucasus right here.
The official visit of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev in 1997, the meetings held with political authorities and economic circles, the signing of significant agreements during the visit, gave a further boost to the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Italy. Furthermore, the interviews given to the media by President Heydar Aliyev during his visit had a significant significance in breaking down the information blockade at the time vis-à-vis Azerbaijan, and above all to reaffirm the truth about the country and the conflict. of Nagorno-Karabakh - at the center of attention of Italy and the entire world community.
My first arrival in Italy in 1998 coincided with a moment of great importance for relations between the two countries. In the period of my master's degree at the Enrico Mattei High School, part of the Eni Group, as one of the first Azerbaijanis to study in Italy, I was extremely happy that in the Italian economic, scientific and academic circles the importance of Azerbaijan and was regarded as a key partner. Undoubtedly, the formation of this opinion on Azerbaijan was closely linked to the visit to Italy of President Heydar Aliyev.
In 2003 I came to Italy for the second time. Azerbaijan was setting up its embassy in Rome and I was part of its first diplomatic corps in Italy. A new page was about to open in relations between Azerbaijan and Italy and this time in Rome I heard opinions on the importance of Azerbaijan, expressed by relevant representatives of Italian politics. In 2005 I had the honor of having the experience of organizing the first official visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Italy. The meetings held and the agreements signed as part of this visit marked the beginning of a new phase of relations between Azerbaijan and Italy from a qualitative point of view.
The following years were accompanied by the continuation of high-level political dialogue, the further development of economic cooperation and the realization of important exchanges and projects in the cultural, scientific, education and humanitarian fields. The visits to Italy of President Ilham Aliyev in 2008, 2014 and 2015 and the visit of the Prime Minister Enrico Letta in 2013 ensured the achievement of ever closer relations. Above all, the adoption of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Italian Republic, which took place during the visit of President Ilham Aliyev in 2014, showed that relations between the two countries take on a strategic partnership character. Economic relations have also reached a rather considerable level. For more than 10 years, Italy has been Azerbaijan's main trading partner and Azerbaijan in turn is one of the largest energy suppliers to Italy. In recent years, together with large Italian companies, the number of medium and small entrepreneurs operating in Azerbaijan has also increased. Also, due of the increase in Italian exports, Azerbaijan has become one of the most strategic markets for "Made in Italy" products. Following the completion of the TAP project, the natural gas extracted from the Shah Deniz field will be transported to Italy. This project, together with the contribution to the energy security of the Italian peninsula, will increase Italy's role in Europe, transforming it into a very important energy hub. The contribution that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, under the leadership of the First Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva, has made to the protection of Italian historical monuments considered the material heritage of humanity and to the promotion of the rich and ancient culture of Azerbaijan, as well as promoting the development of relations between the two countries in the humanitarian field has also given invaluable support for the promotion of my country within the Italian community and for the strengthening of mutual ties between the peoples of our countries. Relations between educational institutions and academic circles have been expanded. Today more than a thousand Azerbaijani students study in various Italian universities.
My third return to Italy, in early 2016, coincides with this very important phase for relations between Azerbaijan and Italy. Over the past year, the dynamics of high-level official visits between the two countries have accelerated. Various visits were made, such as those of the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan in Italy and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Minister of Education, the Italian Minister of Economic Development, the secretary of the Council of Ministers, of the Undersecretaries of Cultural Heritage, of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Azerbaijan. In less than a year, the fourth Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Italy, two bilateral Business Forums and numerous conferences and events in the economic, cultural and academic fields were held.
Azerbaijan and Italy celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations as strategic partners enjoying mutually beneficial cooperation and relationships marked by historical relationships and solid foundations.
The relations between Azerbaijan - crossroads of multiple cultures, and Italy, the cradle of humanity, unite Asia to Europe and embody values such as peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity and the best example of these reports is the Southern Gas Corridor, which will depart from Azerbaijan and arrive in Italy. Cooperation, development and prosperity are only possible if peace and stability are guaranteed.
I hope that Italy, as OSCE president for the year 2018, thanks to its considerable prestige and rich experience, will contribute to the solution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and lead to the change of the status quo, which cannot be separated from the withdrawal of the Armenian army from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
* Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Brescia, 25 years of Cauto25 years of Cautious, Quality, People, Environment
November 21, 2020
Today Saturday 21 November, on the occasion of the national day of trees, Cauto celebrated its 25 years of activity with an online public event.
The meeting was hosted by Giusi Legrenzi, radio journalist of RTL 102.5, and was extended to the entire web.
2020 has been proclaimed the international year of plant health, which is why Cauto has devised "the planting of 25 trees x 25 years".
From today until March 2021, 25 trees and 50 shrubs with flowers will be planted on the roundabout of Via Serenissima in Brescia.
The planting of the rotunda and the “Mani in Piastra” project are two acts of cooperation that generate and experience the Community together with others, through the Public Administration, private companies and the private social sector.
The themes of Cauto highlighted in this virtual event, commemorating his 25 years, were the care and supervision of the territory, cooperation through the synergy of networks between public and private, the promotion of social equity and inclusion through the enhancement of the environment.
"Hands in Plate" Polo Shirt
The "Mani in Piastra" project is a new logistic and multifunctional pole of Cauto, it is the synthesis of a systemic and network approach that has marked the entire modus operandi of the network of social cooperatives of Cauto, directed towards the environment, work, culture , inclusion.
“Mani in Piastra” was financed by the Fondazione Comunità Bresciana, which as an institution builds interventions that are not segmented but generative of communities in the area.
It consists of 3 prefabricated blocks of about 100 square meters each, a total of 500 square meters with a porch and external perimeter path.
All built on 17,000 square meters of the CantierAperto Consortium, a social cooperative of Cauto.
It is in an area at high risk of degradation, a former non-hazardous waste landfill, active between 1982 and 1989 and born from a former quarry from the 1950s.
This new center houses a counter for environmental consultancy for associations, a nature trail with the creation of a flowering hedge, which will soon host insects, small predators and birds.
All this was designed by a naturalist in the environmental sector from Cauto, the structure of the planters instead by workers of the circular economy from Cauto, who handcrafted waste pallets to keep up with the latest upcycling trends.
The center was built according to energy efficiency criteria, with renewable sources such as a heat pump, about 85% self-powered by a photovoltaic system installed by the Cantiere del Sole, inside Cauto.
The buildings were also built with a view to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
Cauto strongly wanted the participation of the scientist Stefano Mancuso, head of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology of the University of Florence.
Stefano Mancuso disseminates the importance and beauty of the plant world from which to learn in terms of cooperation, sustainability and life.
Unlike Darwin's theory, which is based on the concept of competition and natural selection, the theory of plants is not vertical but cooperative and decentralized, where everyone knows he has space because he depends on others.
We can learn creativity and endurance from plants.
In connection, the Mayor of Brescia Emilio Del Bono underlined the importance of cooperative action and subsidiarity between the public administration and the third sector, to build a community, citing Article 45 of the Constitution, which speaks of cooperation of a mutuality and without the purpose of private speculation, therefore with public and community purposes.
Miriam Cominelli, Councilor for the Environment, underlined the choice of the suburbs, which are transformed into a symbolic place of inclusion.
Green and the environment can and must have a value that is not only aesthetic.
Michele Pasinetti, general manager of the Cauto Network, stressed that the cooperative works on two pillars, Environment represented by the blue heart, and Social represented by the red heart.
Environment and Social are two sides of the same coin.
It is precisely the network action, made by the actors of the territory and by colleagues who interface with the neighborhoods, with the companies, with the social services of the Municipalities and with the associations, which manages to provide local and tailored answers to problems global.
The third heart of Cauto, the yellow heart, represents Quality.
The intervention cannot be done alone, it is necessary to search for the other, the Network, both internally and externally, to give value to the projects.
Cautious (construction site self-limitation) was born in Brescia in 1995, as a type B social cooperative, a work integration cooperative, which creates inclusive paths for people on the margins, through environmental work projects.
He started by working on site work, on the limitation of waste and on the reduction of waste to enhance nature.
In the 1990s he began to recover food waste at the Brescia vegetable market.
The Maremosso di Cauto association avoids the waste of 300 tons of food per year, providing food for 10,000 people every week.
Cauto also took care of the collection of used clothes in the area with the diocesan Caritas of Brescia.
On 10 October 2020 the new Spigo store was inaugurated at Elnòs Shopping in Brescia.
In addition, Cauto advises through training and co-design courses on issues such as corporate governance, computerization of corporate data and the design of IT products, as well as modeling experiences of circular economy and proximity in the area.
In recent years it has developed the EDP IT sector.
The registered trademark, Banco di Comunità, is a model of circular and collaborative economy.
The ability to identify new forms of marginalization and to find inclusive, cooperative and community responses for them leads to the birth of new sectors.
In relation to this, the "innovation and projects" office was born, which sought funds for inclusive projects, generating trust in providers.
The cooperative governance and the entrepreneurial formula of Cauto has been recognized by INVITALIA, the development agency of the Ministry of Economic Development.
The live broadcast can be reviewed on www.cauto.it
Related link (in Italian)
The tourist flow from Italy is characterized by cultural interest, concentrated in the poles of Samarkand, Bukara and Khiva. Usually it is organized tourism to small groups of middle-high income people and mature age. The volume of tourists is limited (official statistics are lacking), but Italy is still well placed among the major countries of origin (France, Italy, Germany).
Before traveling or in any case organizing a trip to Uzbekistan, tourists are advised to check the website http://www.viaggiaresicuri.mae.aci.it
For all purposes, an information sheet is shown for travelers who are about to travel to Uzbekistan.
1. Access to the country
Travel ticket: Passport, must have a residual validity of at least three months at the time of leaving the country.
Entry visas from 1 February 2019 you can visit the country without a visa for 30 days.
IMPORTANT: registration with theLocal Migration and Registration Office of the Directorate of Internal Affairs (ОМиОГ РГУОВД - police office) of the area within three days of arrival and then check that the hotel or landlord where you are staying does so, otherwise provide and make sure personally. Otherwise there is a high fine and / or criminal penalties that would be imposed by a judge - subjected to a real trial -.
Compulsory vaccinations: none. Preventive vaccinations are recommended against: typhus, paratyphus, tetanus, hepatitis A and B diphtheria, rabies, meningitis.
Customs, currency and exchange Upon arrival it is essential to declare to customs the amount of money with which you arrived in the country by filling in a special form (customs declaration), the same declaration necessary to prove the remaining amount of money that may not have been spent that will be returned to Italy.
In the absence of this declaration, the authorities will proceed to the seizure of the money in foreign currency (Euro, US dollars, Pounds, etc.) found in the traveler who is about to leave the country, in addition to applying the penalties provided for by local legislation on illegal export. of currency.
It is recommended to keep receipts for currency exchange, to be shown at the request of the Customs Authorities before leaving the country. Antiques cannot be exported and can be confiscated at customs gates. Parallel exchange is illegal and, consequently, risky. The exchange rate practiced by banks and hotels has significantly approached that of the parallel market, greatly reducing the convenience of turning to illegal exchange dealers. Under a government directive, all payments should be made in Sum. When payments in hard currency (US $ or, less common, the Euro) are required, it is better to use banknotes, always keeping the receipts rather than using credit cards (Visa and Master Card are generally the most used, American is rarely accepted. Express).
Uzbekistan has a purely continental climate, cold in winter (January is the coldest month, during which the temperature often drops below zero) and very hot in summer (in July it can reach 46 degrees Celsius, but normally and 'dry).
3. Time zone
+ 4 hours compared to Italy
+ 3 hours when daylight saving time is in force in Italy.
4. Health situation
The qualitative and quantitative level of local structures is satisfactory in the capital, elsewhere it remains well below the European average. In Tashkent there is a small "international outpatient clinic" and a few private clinics. There are many shortcomings in state hospitals. Most European medicines are not available in local pharmacies and it is often very difficult to evaluate the characteristics and compatibility of those available. A small supply of medicines such as antibiotics and against gastrointestinal infections is recommended. Careful observance of sanitation rules is required, avoid raw food and drink only mineral water. It is a good idea to take out medical insurance that also includes any urgent medical repatriation.
Security is good. After the terrorist attacks of March / April and July 2004, the police carry out frequent checks both in the cities and along the main connecting arteries. Vigilance has increased along external and international borders (airports). On the domestic front, there is a more intense control activity on travelers and their means of transport. Crimes against foreign visitors are quite rare, except for possible pickpocketing in crowded markets and places.
The country is close to a crisis area so there are still areas near the border with Afghanistan and Tajikistan subject to restrictions, which it is strongly advised not to visit. Caution is also advised in entering the Ferghana valley and in isolated and semi-desert areas, especially if you do not have a reliable local guide.
The capital Tashkent and all cities of tourist interest such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Kiva and Nukus are considered safe.
6. Local regulations, uses and customs
Local currency: Sum. Exchange rate: 1 Euro = approximately 9,300 Sum. It is recommended to supply completely intact banknotes to avoid them being refused at the exchange. The parallel exchange exists but it is illegal and consequently risky. The convertibility of the currency (Sum) has brought the bank exchange very close to the parallel exchange, reducing the convenience of resorting to the latter which, it should be remembered again, is illegal. Whenever possible, always use local currency. Where you have to pay in hard currency it is better to use banknotes as, often, a high commission is required for credit cards.
- Drugs: The possession and use of drugs constitutes a crime and is sanctioned with severe prison sentences (from 5 to 10 years). Traffickers are punished up to 25 years. Abuses committed against minors are punished with several years in prison.
- Languages: The official language is Uzbek, the main vehicular language is Russian. Tajik is in common use in the areas of Samarkand and Bukara.
- Religions present: 88% Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic
- General advice on behavior: Always keep a behavior based on fairness and common sense. Especially outside the cities it is recommended not to offend Islamic morals. Avoid currency trading offered by strangers. Avoid photographing people without their consent. The main problem in relations with the police is that inherent in the difficulties of verbal communication and therefore being understood correctly. In general, the police are unable to provide information or information of a "tourist" type.
- Railroad: The train service is subject to delays and presents drawbacks especially in night or long-term journeys. It is therefore rarely used by European tourists.
- Car: We recommend the use of rental cars with driver, easily available and at good market conditions for travel from one city to another. Refueling stations are not very widespread in the area and, especially for a foreigner, they can be difficult to find. Mechanical assistance centers are rare and poorly stocked with spare parts. Sometimes even obtaining information can be very difficult for those unfamiliar with local languages. However, these obstacles are easily overcome if a local driver is used.
- Airplane: Domestic airlines are slowly improving but old Soviet-made aircraft are often used. Un grave incidente aereo si è verificato nel mese di febbraio 2004 all’aereoporto di Tashkent.
Principali collegamenti con l’Europa dell’Uzbekistan Airways
Tashkent / Roma / Tashkent - Lunedì / Giovedì
Tashkent /Atene / Tashkent - Martedì / Giovedì
Tashkent / Parigi / Tashkent - Martedì / Venerdì
Tashkent / Francoforte / Tashkent - Lunedì / Giovedì / Sabato
8. Indirizzi utili
Uliza Yusuf Khos Khojib, 40
Telefono: 00998 71 / 1521119 / 1521120 / 1521121 / 1521123
Fax: 00998 71 /1206606
Indirizzo di posta elettronica: [email protected]
Telefonia: prefisso internazionale dall’Italia 00-998 – 71 (Tashkent)
Iran. Firmato con la Cina un patto di cooperazione di 25 anni
E’ stato firmato oggi un accordo di cooperazione strategica e commerciale tra Cina e Iran della durata prevista di 25 anni. Ad annunciarlo alla tv di Stato è il portavoce del ministero degli Esteri iraniano, Said Khatibzadeh.
La sottoscrizione dell’accordo da parte ministro degli Esteri iraniano Mohammad Javad Zarif si è tenuta a mezzogiorno, in occasione della visita del ministro degli Esteri cinese Wang Yi, giunto a Teheran ieri sera, e ha incluso “clausole politiche, strategiche ed economiche”.
“Crediamo che questo documento possa essere molto efficace nell’approfondire le relazioni tra i due Paesi”, ha dichiarato il portavoce, ricordando che il patto era stato proposto per la prima volta durante una visita a Teheran del presidente cinese Xi Jinping nel mese di gennaio 2016.
Xi e la sua controparte iraniana Hassan Rouhani hanno dunque concordato di stabilire una tabella di marcia per “investimenti reciproci nei settori dei trasporti, dell’energia, dell’industria e dei servizi” tra i due Paesi, entrambi attualmente soggetti alle sanzioni statunitensi.
Uzbekistan, dall’energia al tessile all’automotive: le opportunitа di business per le aziende italiane
di Farian Sabahi 03 dic 2020
«L’Uzbekistan и ricchissimo di materie prime: petrolio e gas, oro e argento, uranio, rame, tungsteno, vanadio e molto altro. И anche un grande produttore agricolo e tessile (и il secondo produttore al mondo di cotone), in grande fermento per la costruzione delle infrastrutture e con un settore automotive molto sviluppato», spiega Luca Picasso, presidente di Confindustria Uzbekistan , una realtа di recente costituzione, a dimostrazione dell’interesse italiano per questo paese dell’Asia Centrale. «Le aziende italiane sono presenti nella capitale e nelle regioni di Andijan, Jizzakh e Bukhara dove и attivo il nostro vicepresidente Giovanni Petriccioli . Sono principalmente coinvolte nel settore materiali da costruzione, sviluppo immobiliare e consulenza tecnologica, ma mostrano interesse anche nei settori oil&gas, energy e rinnovabili, agricoltura, automotive e tessile. I nostri competitor sono soprattutto i tedeschi, oltre ad americani, francesi, coreani e cinesi». «Va da sй che un paese con tutte queste ricchezze e con una buona capacitа imprenditoriale sia molto attrattivo non solo per le grandi imprese ma anche per le PMI: ci sono opportunitа in tutti i settori. Gli uzbeki sono un popolo di gran lavoratori, poliglotta, tollerante nei confronti di etnie e religioni diverse, come ben sanno i numerosi turisti che hanno percorso la Via della Seta e visitato cittа dalla storia millenaria come Khiva, Bukhara e Samarcanda», aggiunge Picasso.
Confindustria Uzbekistan и partner del Business Forum Italia-Uzbekistan dell’11 dicembre organizzato dalla think tank milanese The European House - Ambrosetti e dalla Farnesina (https://www.iubf20.ambrosetti.eu/). A questo evento online parteciperа anche Manlio Di Stefano, sottosegretario agli Affari Esteri e alla Cooperazione Internazionale : «Siamo al fianco degli imprenditori per esplorare nuove possibilitа di export e investimenti, perchй siamo convinti che le istituzioni debbano fornire una cornice adeguata, un veicolo agli scambi economici, favorendo l’intraprendenza del settore privato». In merito al Business Forum, Di Stefano osserva: «Si tratta di un appuntamento importante per dare nuovo impulso alla cooperazione bilaterale. In un contesto condizionato dalla pandemia, vogliamo rilanciare i contatti fra le comunitа d’affari dei due paesi nei settori prioritari delle infrastrutture e trasporti, della meccanica di precisione, agro-industria, energia e rinnovabili. Il Business Forum si inserisce in un contesto di relazioni eccellenti: negli ultimi anni il nostro governo ha lavorato per approfondire la cooperazione con Tashkent e con tutta la regione centroasiatica, riconoscendone il capitale economico e geostrategico. Tra il 2018 e il 2019 ho visitato tutti e cinque i cosiddetti -stan e siamo riusciti a riunire tutti i ministri degli Esteri nella Conferenza Italia-Asia centrale 5+1». La prevista visita in Italia del presidente Mirziyoyev sarа «un’ulteriore tappa del rafforzamento dei legami bilaterali», conclude il sottosegretario.
In Asia Centrale, l’Uzbekistan и un paese chiave e la modernizzazione in atto lo sta rendendo una meta interessante per gli investitori italiani. «Le esportazioni italiane in Uzbekistan valgono 313,6 milioni di euro, secondo dati ISTAT 2019. Sono piщ che raddoppiate in un quinquennio. La nota di preoccupazione и che, causa pandemia, nei primi otto mesi del 2020, sono calate del 13,9%», sottolinea a Carlo Ferro, presidente di ICE .
«Per cogliere nuove opportunitа di export e di internazionalizzazione le imprese italiane possono contare sul sostegno di Simest quale partner finanziario istituzionale di riferimento in grado di affiancarle lungo il percorso di crescita sui mercati esteri, in coordinamento con il MAECI, la rete diplomatica italiana nel mondo e gli altri attori del sistema paese», afferma Pasquale Salzano . Presidente di Simest , Salzano aggiunge: «Oltre a offrire strumenti di finanza agevolata a sostegno dell’internazionalizzazione delle imprese e a sostenere operazioni di credito all’esportazione attraverso il riconoscimento di contributi in conto interessi, Simest sostiene le imprese italiane anche nei progetti di investimento diretto estero, fornendo capitale a medio-lungo termine, con una quota di minoranza, senza intervenire nella governance. Una presenza, la nostra, che rappresenta uno straordinario vantaggio competitivo per le imprese italiane, contribuendo ad accrescerne il livello di credibilitа e di soliditа sui mercati esteri, come solo un legame diretto e sinergico con le istituzioni nazionali puт fare».
Ansa Nuova Europa
(ANSA) - TIRANA - La Cooperazione italiana allo sviluppo celebra i 25 anni della sua presenza in Albania con una serie di eventi che partono mercoledì e dureranno per un'intera settimana. "Doors of Tomorrow" è un momento unitario e presenta un'immagine complessiva della grande storia di amicizia fra i due Paesi", ha spiegato all'ANSA l'ambasciatore d'Italia a Tirana Alberto Cutillo, precisando che "non si tratta solo di un evento celebrativo, ma teso a guardare anche al futuro". E' proprio questo l'obiettivo di sei singoli eventi che si svolgeranno fino al prossimo 8 novembre affrontando quelli che sono anche i principali interventi in corso della Cooperazione italiana, dal programma della conversione del debito italo-albanese, alla tutela delle vittime di abusi, dalla protezione del patrimonio ambientale all'infanzia, allo sviluppo sostenibile delle comunità rurali e alla formazione professionale.
"Sono temi di evidente rilevanza per l'Albania. I sei incontri sono sei porte di dialogo e progettazione", ha ribadito l'ambasciatore Cutillo. Gli eventi si svolgeranno al Cod, Centro per l'Apertura ed il dialogo, presso la presidenza albanese del Consiglio dove sarà esposta anche un'istallazione di 7 opere ispirate all'Arte Povera, ideate da Ernesto Spinelli e prodotte in collaborazione con creativi albanesi. Alla cerimonia di apertura questa sera è prevista anche la presenza del vicepremier albanese Senida Mesi.
In 25 anni di presenza, la Cooperazione allo sviluppo si è adattata alla crescita del Paese. Dagli aiuti umanitari, e gli interventi necessari per costruire le infrastrutture di base di cui il Paese era praticamente privo negli anni '90, adesso invece la sua attività si è concentrata di più sullo sviluppo umano ed i problemi di crescita e di tutela delle categorie più deboli. Sono oltre 800 i milioni di euro che l'Italia ha finanziato in tutti questi anni, ai quali vanno aggiunti altri interventi grazie alle tante relazioni sviluppate tra istituzioni ed enti dei due Paesi. "Perciò, l'attività della Cooperazione allo Sviluppo non va tanto misurata unicamente sull'indicatore finanziario che peraltro continua ad essere abbastanza elevato rispetto ad altri donator e partner dell'Albania", ha spiegato all'ANSA, il suo direttore a Tirana Nino Merola. (ANSA).