Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the Hyderabad House on Tuesday for delegation-level talks.
In a message posted on Twitter, PM Modi said he was looking forward to participating in the DST-CII Technology Summit 2018 with his Italian counterpart later in the day“A warm welcome to the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Giuseppe Conte in India. I look forward to meeting him and to participate together at the Tech Summit later today,” wrote PM Modi on Twitter.
The two leaders will be holding the delegation-level talks before heading for the Summit.
Following the arrival of the Italian PM to India, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India-Italy relationship “is anchored in ideals of democracy with immense opportunities”.
Conte, who took office in June 2018, is on his first official visit to India. He arrived on an invitation from PM Modi for the DST-CII Technology Summit 2018.
The Summit, which coincides with 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Italy, has some of the top names from the world of business, politics, government, science, education and arts as speakers.
The two-day technology summit, which began on Monday, focuses on the areas of renewable energy, clean technology, information and communication technology, healthcare, aerospace, education and preservation of cultural heritage.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Summit Italian Trade Agency Chief Executive Piergiorgio Borgorelli said on Monday that the bilateral trade between India and Italy has picked up in recent years and increased by 10 per cent in 2017-18 over the previous fiscal.
Borgorelli said bilateral trade during the first-half the current fiscal had grown by over by over 5 per cent, while Italy’s exports to India in this period had risen by over 15 per cent.
The India-Italy bilateral trade stood at $10.5 billion in 2017-18, up from $8.8 billion in the previous fiscal.