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On March 7, Consul General Cecchi of Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai visited Wuxi. Mayor Huang Qin met with Cecchi and his delegation and the two sides held in-depth discussions on expanding friendly exchanges and cooperation. Zhang Mingkang, Secretary-general of Wuxi Municipal Government, attended the meeting.
Huang welcomed the visit of Cecchi. He said that Wuxi enjoyed profound friendship with Italy and attached great importance to all-round exchanges and cooperation with Italy. Last year, two-way trade totaled us $1.099 billion, up 14.6 percent year-on-year. Italy has invested 102 projects in Wuxi, totaling us $680 million. At the same time, the exchanges between the two places have become more and more frequent. At present, Wuxi is accelerating the construction of an independent and controllable modern industrial system and an open and efficient industrial scientific and technological innovation system in accordance with the goal of becoming the provincial leader in high-quality development. Wuxi sincerely looks forward to deepen cooperation with Italy, particularly hopes that the two sides can give full play to their comparative advantages in the fields of textiles and clothing, automobile and parts and biomedicine, join forces with each other, expand the scale of economic and trade cooperation, dig cooperation potential in ecological protection, culture and art, social undertakings, and add new meaning to the friendly exchanges between the two sides.
Cecchi thanked the municipal party committee and government of Wuxi for their continuous support to the development of Italian enterprises in Wuxi. He said that during the upcoming Wuxi International Cherry Blossom Week this month, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China will organize Italian enterprises in China to come to Wuxi for economic and trade talks and look forward to a new level of cooperation. The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Italy and China. Against this backdrop, Italy will deepen its cooperation with Wuxi in intelligent manufacturing, environmental protection, health care, education and other fields to further consolidate and enhance the friendship between the two peoples.