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The first edition of Made in Italy Day, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), MIMIT and Italian Trade Agency (ICE) with the aim of promoting the excellence of Italian craftsmanship on the occasion of Leonardo da Vinci’s birth anniversary, was celebrated with two important events in Singapore on April 16. At the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore’s leading technical training institute, a letter of intent was signed between ITE and the Italian company Meridionale Impianti (MI). This agreement provides for the supply of robotic equipment and the implementation of training programs in the semiconductor industry. The signing was attended by Italian Ambassador Dante Brandi, ITE Principal Suresh Natarajan and MI Singapore Deputy General Manager Massimiliano Meschini. The three-year agreement provides for the installation of robotic machinery by MI, which specializes in advanced industrial solutions and partners with companies such as STMicroelectronics, a leader in the semiconductor sector with a manufacturing presence in Singapore. The Italian machinery will be used in specific courses and joint training activities for ITE students, who will also have the opportunity to do internships at MI. Representatives from STMicroelectronics Singapore, already involved in initiatives to support ITE’s electronics department, were present at the ceremony.

During the evening, at the Italian Embassy in Singapore, the Ambassador inaugurated the second conversation in the “Made in Italy, Shaping the World” series. This series, launched in February in collaboration with Bloomberg, aims to present the excellence of Italian entrepreneurship to leading figures in Singapore’s economic and financial sectors. The protagonists of the event were the CEO of RINA SpA, Carlo Luzzato, and Bloomberg journalist Catherine Lim. During the conversation, many insights emerged on the evolution and progress of the multinational Company, which was founded in 2000 as a spin-off of the Italian Shipping Register and it is active not only in the field of ship certification, but also in sectors such as energy, infrastructure, engineering consulting and high-tech manufacturing. Mr. Luzzato, who heads a group with nearly six thousand employees and seventy offices worldwide, including Singapore, outlined RINA’s expansion strategies in higher value-added sectors and high-growth regions such as Asia. He also provided interesting assessments of global challenges in the maritime and manufacturing sectors, where geopolitical risks, advancement of revolutionary technologies, and sustainability constraints require diversified solutions and strong adaptability.