Italians among fastest-growing EU nationals in Singapore

09-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Business Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Italy’s ambassador to Singapore, Raffaele Langella, shares his thoughts with NARENDRA AGGARWAL on the progress in bilateral relations and what new to expect, going forward

Narendra Aggarwal: As the Italian Ambassador to Singapore, how would you describe the state of bilateral relations in various fieldspolitical, business, education, research and innovation, culture, etc?

Ambassador Raffaele Langella: The bilateral relations between Italy and Singapore are strong and long-lasting. Italy was among the first countries to recognise the independence of Singapore in 1965. These ties have been growing over time and are now flourishing. This is reflected in the Italian presence here in Singapore. An increasing number of our companies, now over 300, have decided to make Singapore their headquarters for operations in the region. Our community is one of the fastest-growing among EU countries, and is now constituted by over 4,000 people.

Besides numbers, I can testify to the great affection and fondness that Italy enjoys in Singapore. It may sound romantic but, as I always say, it is wonderful to be Ambassador of a country that is at the heart of the collective imagination of many people. The results that we have accomplished in these years are very important, and I want to thank all the actors of the so called “Italian country system”, which encompasses not only the embassy, but also the trade commission and the chamber of commerce. The chamber, despite being run as a private entity, is for us a dynamic and reliable partner with which we have an excellent collaboration on an institutional level.


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