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Bilateral relations

 

Bilateral relations

Bilateral relations are historically solid and based on friendship, thanks to the common belonging to the values of Western democracies and to the presence of an integrated and respected Italian community, which today counts almost a million people.
The excellent relations between Italy and Australia, which actively collaborate in the G20 and in the coalition of the western fight against terrorism, have been reaffirmed by the meeting of Prime Minister Renzi with Prime Minister Abbott in November 2014 on the occasion of the G20 in Brisbane.
Over the past two years, visits were made to Australia by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Della Vedova at the high level officials talks (September 2015), Deputy Minister for Defence Rossi (November 2015), Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Amendola (November 2016), the Minister for Defence Pinotti (February 2017), and of the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Economic Development Scalfarotto (March 2017).
From the Australian side there were the visits of the Attorney -General and Minister for the Arts Brandis in 2015 for the inauguration of the Australian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, and of the Minister for Finance, Corman chairing a delegation of Australian entrepreneurs. In May 2016, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Ciobo met with Undersecretary for Economic Development Scalfarotto in Rome.
On the economic side, the results are very positive (€ 4.1 billion in 2016), with Italian exports amounting to € 3.6 billion. At the moment there are about 180 Italian companies in Australia. There is, however, a good prospect to further strengthen our economic presence, especially for our companies in the fields of machinery, infrastructure, defence, energy and mining, food and consumer goods of high and medium range as well as for increased mutual investment flows, given the natural complementarity of our two economies. Bilateral relations are also good at the scientific level with over 190 scientific collaboration agreements signed between the scientific and university research institutes of Australia and Italy.
On a cultural level, bilateral relations are excellent thanks to the strong promotion of our culture and the Made in Italy by the Italian community in Australia. In particular, the Italian language is still one of the most popular foreign languages taught in Australia with an estimated number of about 350,000 students.


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