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Mission of the Undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano to Singapore on 16 & 17 February 2022

The mission of Italy’s MFA Undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano in Singapore on 16 & 17 February 2022 was the first visit made by a member of the Italian government to an ASEAN country since the beginning of Covid-19 Pandemic, and was a significant occasion to reinforce bilateral ties with the City-State, which is Italy’s main trade partner in Southeast Asia and a strategic hub of the region.

The visit began with a cordial meeting with the Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sim Ann, where the two expressed full agreement on the role of ASEAN, as well as the future perspectives to promote economic integration and the resolution of the crisis in Myanmar. The meetings held with the top management of the two sovereign funds GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation) and Temasek Holding were of great interest as well.

During his two-day stay in Singapore, Hon. Di Stefano had a schedule full of meetings; On the first day, he witnessed the signing of two Memorandum of Understanding: the fisrt between the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (ICCS) and Singapore Economic Development Board, the second between Italian Trade Agency and Singapore Manufacturing Federation to reinforce exchanges between companies of the two countries in sectors of mutual interest such as: agritech, green energy, aerospace and digital. On the second day, he witnessed the signing of the MoU between Fiera di Milano, DMG Events and the ICCS, which through joint efforts, will organise FIND fair (Furniture, Interior and Design), taking place in Singapore on 22-24 September 2022, just before the Formula One Gran Prix.

On the invitation of the Italian companies, the Undersecretary visited the Singapore Airshow, the most important fair of the sector in the region, which opened this week, and where he visited the stands of Leonardo, Elettronica, Piaggio Aerospace, Secondo Mona and Logic at the fair.

The Undersecretary had meetings also with representatives of dynamic and diverse Italian scientific community, and with representatives of the Italian Association-based world operating in Singapore.