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Italian President Napolitano: Italian entrepreneurs contributed to the development of both states

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said on Friday while attending 'The Economic Forum 2011. International Italy in Romania - Prospects and Opportunities' that the Italian entrepreneurs who came to Romania have developed and have unfolded activities that brought benefits to both countries, have contributed to the development of the two states and have acted in their mutual interest, this being an important example of some initiatives meeting the interest of both nations.

Giorgio Napolitano said the Italian investors became an essential developing component in Romania and he underscored the fact that the Romanian authorities pledged to back the Italian businessmen.

'I noticed the interest and the conviction showed for the strategic element of the presence of the Italian firms in Romania pointing out towards a future development of this country and of the Italian firms present in Romania. (...) This is not only a reality in Romania and for Romania, the Italian companies can also be part of a platform starting to shape up, by consequently modifying from the technological and competitive viewpoint,' the Italian president said.

He stressed the necessity to give special attention to the bilateral relations between the two states, to the development of the Romanian-Italian partnership and regarding the Romanian employees working in Italy, he said that important progress has been achieved.
PM Boc invites Italian businessmen to invest in Romanian infrastructure, energy, agriculture
Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc said at the start of a meeting with visiting Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday that the Italian businessmen are invited to invest in Romania, particularly in such sectors as infrastructure, energy and agriculture.

'Our two countries have privileged relations, we have nearly two million people involved in this relation, they are the Romanians in Italy and the Romanians working for the Italian firms based in Romania. Italy is Romania's second-largest commercial partner and its sixth-largest foreign investor; therefore, I think that following your visit and the intergovernmental meeting with Premier (Silvio) Berlusconi (in June - editor's note) we are ready to boost our economic relations and we invite the Italian investors to Romania for the sectors of energy, infrastructure and agriculture', Boc said.

The Prime Minister asked the Italian President's support for plans to organise Romania's Year in Italy in 2012, which is a project aimed to promote the Romanian culture in the Peninsula. He thanked the Italian head of state for the recognition of the Romanian Orthodox Church as an official religion in Italy, that is very important for the Romanian community based in Italy.

Italy's President has been paying a state visit to Romania on Thursday and Friday on an invitation from President Traian Basescu.