Islamabad—The Italian Trade Commission on Monday reopened their office in Pakistan after a hiatus of three years. This measure has been highly appreciated by the business community of Pakistan as well as their Italian counterparts. Dr. Stefano Pontecorvo, the Ambassador of Italy, said that “The re-opening of our Trade Agency Office in Karachi is an essential part of our strategy in launching Italy’s ties with Pakistan, testified by the visit last year of the Chairman of the Trade Agency, Dr. Riccardo Monti, and this year by the visits of two leading members of the Italian Government, the Foreign Minister and the Defence Minister.
“We are also expecting, in December, the visit of our Vice Minister for Trade accompanied by a substantial (about 80) Italian entrepreneurs, the first visit of its kind in Pakistan, which will be coordinated and organized by ICE/ITA who, under the guidance of the Director Dr. Gianpaolo Bruno and the Deputy Trade Commissioner Pakistan, Eng. A. R. Daudpota, is already taken the charge.” “I firmly believe that ICE/ITA will be instrumental in consolidating our bilateral relations, due to its excellent expertise, resources and strong commitment to its mission. I am therefore very grateful to our Trade Agency for having taken this step and am confident that this is a turning point in our economic relations,” he added.
According to Dr. Gianluca Rubagotti, the Consul General of Italy the visit of the President of Italian Trade Agency ICE-ITA, who was impressed with the trade opportunities between Italy and Pakistan paved the way for reopening of the Italian Trade Commission three years after it was closed in 2013. Dr. Rubagotti mentioned that the Italian Government has now an operational arm in Pakistan to help in the projection and promotion of Italian trade interests in Pakistan.