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Bilateral relations

 

Bilateral relations

Italy and Australia enjoy historically a warm and cordial bilateral relationship being like-minded democratic countries sharing the same values and also due to the presence of a well-integrated community of Italian descent of more million people.
The excellent relations between Italy and Australia, which actively collaborate in the G20 and in the Western coalition to fight terrorism, have been further strengthened thanks to the visit in Australia of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano in November 2017.
Previously, there had been the visits to Australia of the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Amendola (November 2016), of the Minister of Defense Pinotti, (February 2017) on the occasion of the mission of Fincantieri’s FREMM frigate in four Australian ports which was the first visit ever in Australia for an Italian Minister of Defence, of the Deputy Minister for Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto (March 2017) and of the Deputy Minister for Defense Rossi on the occasion of the Pacific Naval Exhibition (September 2017).
From the Australian side, there were the visits from the Minister for Trade, Investments and Tourism Ciobo (May 2016) and from the Deputy Prime Minister of Agriculture Joyce (September 2017).
Also, our economic relationship is very positive. Our bilateral trade amounted to 4,1 billion Euro in 2016 with our exports totaling 3,6 Billion Euro. This volume places Italy in third place among the EU countries. There are currently over 180 Italian firms operating in Australia. Moreover, there are wide margins of improvement to further increase our economic presence, especially in the sectors of machinery, consumer goods of high and medium brand, infrastructure, defence and energy since our two economies are fully complementary.

Bilateral relations are also excellent at a scientific level and will receive a further boost thanks to the recent signing of a bilateral protocol on scientific cooperation, innovation and technology. Moreover, there are hundreds of scientific agreements signed between the universities and research centers from our Countries. Furthermore, there is a joint participation in important programs such as the SKA for the creation of the largest network of observation telescopes in the world.
We also have excellent bilateral cultural relations thanks to the constant promotion of the Italian Culture and the Made in Italy achieved also by the Italian community in Australia. Furthermore, the Italian language is still one of the two most studied foreign languages in Australia with a number estimated being around 320.000 students.
Furthermore, Australia ranks first in the list of the countries with the highest number of students of the Italian language.


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