Italy’s presence at Expo 2020 in Dubai will present an opportunity for the country to leverage its leading role in the food and agriculture sector, driven by the international cooperation aptitude of the companies and research organisations operating in this industry, claimed Italian Minister for Universities and Research Gaetano Manfredi.
In Dubai, the challenge will be to “prove the quality” of a sector in which Italy demonstrates global leadership, Manfredi explained, speaking in the context of the announcement of the winners of the 2019 PRIMA tenders (the acronym stands for “Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area”), among the most significant cases of innovation in the international food and agriculture industry.
“We are very proud to be bringing the PRIMA Monitoring Centre to the Expo along with all our other partners in the Dubai project,” explained Tiziana Di Censo, head of international relations for the Italian Commission for Expo 2020, which signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian PRIMA Secretariat last year.
PRIMA is linked to the Dubai project by three keywords that mark the common work done in recent months, explained Di Censo. “The first is ‘Mediterranean’ and the others are ‘innovation’ and ‘sustainability’, the connection between which lies at the foundation of many examples of Italian excellence, also and above all in the food and agriculture sector.”
In Dubai, Italy will carry out “an extensive scientific and cultural diplomacy operation,” he added. “In our encounters with the other participating countries and with the visitors to the Expo, we will focus on the value of multidisciplinary competencies, which are already together in certain sectors, such as food and agriculture, as shown by the projects selected by PRIMA.”
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