Renewable energy, water, manufacturing and infrastructure, for road, railway and port development, these are the priority sectors indicated to the Minister of Business and Made in Italy by the president for the economic and productive development of Eritrea

A strategic partnership between Italy and Eritrea on four priority sectors of intervention: this is what the Eritrean president hopes for Isaiah Afwerki during the bilateral summit with the Minister of Business and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso, in the presence of a representation of large Italian companies. Renewable energy, water, manufacturing and infrastructure, for road, rail and port development. These are the priority sectors indicated to Urso by President Afwerki for the economic and productive development of Eritrea. But also new and further collaborations with respect to mining, agriculture and livestock, tourism and air transport, for the recovery of the historic center of Asmara and in the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields.

“The desire for Italy and the awareness that our country can play a fundamental role today for the development of the country and for the stability of the area emerges everywhere,” stated Minister Urso, on the sidelines of the summit, which continued today with the inspection of some companies and production plants in the Asmara region. Urso is accompanied on his official visit to the African country by an Italian delegation made up of the director of Enel Grids & Innovability, the managing director of the Fincantieri Infrastrutture Polo, the international affairs manager of Ferrovie dello Stato Ferrovie dello Stato, and the international agronomic director of Ferrara land reclamation.

This morning the delegation visited some production sites, together with the Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed, the economic advisor Hagos Gebrehiwet and the minister of industry and trade, Nesredin Bekit. Visited the Asmara station, from where the railway connection to Massawa created by the Italians in the last century starts, with the factory and mechanical overhaul; the glass factory built by the Italians and abandoned for decades, an important dam recently built with a photovoltaic system, intensive farming and an agricultural area recently converted to a plantation.

“Italian companies have a natural predisposition to work in Eritrea, as demonstrated by the consolidated relationships developed over the years and the tangible presence of Italy wherever there is a production site, clearly still visible in the machinery and know-how”, commented Urso . Also present was the head of telemedicine of the “Agostino Gemelli” Polyclinic, who was able to delve deeper into the possible forms of healthcare collaboration with Asmara at the local hospital.

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