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Italy says ready to support UAE technology drive

WAM Abu Dhabi, Feb 17th, 2013 (WAM) — Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paolo has hailed relations with the UAE and said Italy is ready to support the country’s drive to acquire technology in industry and other sectors.

“We are very satisfied with the cooperation with the UAE in the Defense sector. There is definitely room for improvement in the industrial, as well as in the technical/operational, and technical/capability sectors,” he told daily Nation Shield in his remarks marking IDEX show.

“We are ready to work in this direction, as we understand the UAE’s desire to develop their own industry. We are therefore available to transfer technology and our know-how, also through the participation to common program. Some good examples are already in place, which represent excellent benchmarks.

Di Paolo also said Italy maintains strong ties with other Gulf countries and that the Italian government supports all initiatives by local companies to expand cooperation with the UAE and the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

“There is a potential based on government-sponsored initiatives, and we are ready to show the greatest availability and openness to meet all the requirements – be they of industrial, operational, or technical nature – GCC countries may have. We strongly believe long term partnerships may give the best results,” he said.

“I think everybody can see the magnitude of Italian presence at IDEX. The displays offer the Italian technology offered to the EAU. Just as the Fincantieri Ships, notably an Abu Dhabi class Corvette and a patrol ship offered to the Emirates Navy. Moreover, one Italian Navy Corvette lies at anchor.” He said Italy’s participation in IDEX involves the main stakeholders from both the institutional and industrial sectors, adding that all major Italian defence industries have a stand here, including a joint one between the Ministry of Defence and the Federation of Italian Industries for Aerospace, Defence and Security (AIAD).

“The Italian institutional delegation will also be composed by top brass representatives and the meetings planned during this significant exhibition will definitely contribute to enhance the partnership between Italy and the UAE.” WAM/HH/AM