Italy keen to enhance technology, textile trade ties with Pakistan: Andreas

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese said Thursday that Italy wanted to start a new era economic and trade cooperation with Pakistan through transfer of technology and for up gradation of Pakistan’s textile industry.
Green economy, transfer of technology for industrial sector including textiles and agro industry, construction sector, education and health are major areas of focus to extend the bilateral cooperation.
The ambassador said that through the green economy, Italy want to cooperate with Pakistan for environment protection, circular economy, resource saving and management, ecosystem protection and recovery, water conservation and natural disaster prevention.
Replying to a question, he said Italy has established the Italy-Pakistan Textile Technology Center (IPTTC) in Faisalabad at the National Textile University (NTU) to upgrade the local textile sector.
He said the training centre, which is the first of its kind for Italian textile machinery technology in Pakistan, was inaugurated in recent past.
He said this project was financed by the Italian government to support the development of the local textiles industry, by equipping it with Italian machinery.
Replying to a question, he said that a new economic mission would also be deployed in Pakistan to enhance trade and economic connectivity, saying that there was huge trade potential in different sectors of economy which needed to be exploited.
He said that new economic mission would be established in Karachi and Islamabad.
Replying to another question on trade situation between Pak- Italy, he said that promotion of bilateral trade between the two countries to its full potential of US $.5 billion annually during next three years from current US $ 1.7 billion was one of the top priorities of his government.