Second Turkey-Italy Innovation Day in Ankara

Digitisation and green transition focus of forum

09 November, 12:41

    ROME - The green transition and digitisation will be the focus of future collaboration between Italy and Turkey, according to Italian Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano at the start of the second Turkey-Italy Innovation Day in Ankara on Tuesday.
    "Our economic relations are based on strong industrial interdependence," said Di Stefano.
    He said Ankara and Rome will work together in the green transition to increase investments in technologies with low environmental impact, to promote new development models for the reducing emissions, and to collaborate in the renewable energy sector, especially at the hydroelectric level.
    This cooperation is in line with Turkey's goal of reaching zero emissions by 2053, said Hasan Mandal, president of Tubitak, Turkey's Scientific and Technological Research Council, which is organising the forum together with the Italian Embassy in Ankara.
    Tuesday's event is a "tangible sign of the ties between Turkey and Italy in every sector" said Italian Ambassador to Turkey Massimo Gaiani.
    Gaiani said the goal is to create "a bilateral platform of permanent cooperation between our two countries".
    The tie between the countries is also shown by the approximately 1,500 Italian companies that regularly work with Turkey, said Turkish Deputy Industry Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacir.
    He said the two countries have had an economic exchange of 22 billion dollars in the last 12 months and Italy has made three billion dollars of direct investments in Turkey.

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