From the ice-cream to the pizzas and pasta joints to the very particular Neapolitan inflection to their accents — it’s a pretty well established fact that Argentina has strong roots in Italian culture, which makes today’s news molto exciting for many. The Italian President, Sergio Mattarella will be in the City today to meet with President, Mauricio Macri amongst others. The 75 year-old Sicilian’s visit will be the first official Italian State visit to Argentina in 16 years.
“The aim is to strengthen bilateral ties in culture, technology, science, politics and trade, among other areas, and expand channels to encourage investment,” said Mattarella.
He won’t be traveling solo, in fact he’s bringing quite the entourage. Amongst the group will be Chancellor of Italy, Angelino Alfano (who will also soon be meeting again with Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in Rome), Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Ivan Scalfarotto and a group of more than 40 budding entrepreneurs looking to promote Italian business relations.
What’s on the bill for Mattarella during his three day stop-over
After a visit to the Parque de la Memoria yesterday Mattarella has started today with a visit to the Cristoforo Colombo school in Belgrano, followed by a late-morning meeting with Malcorra along with his Italian chancellor, Angelino Alfano.
At mid-day he will make his way over to the Casa Rosado for a meeting with Macri which will involve signing bilateral agreements and a press conference. Followed by a spot of lunch at the Museo del Bicentenario.
Parallel to this will be Italy-Argentina Economic Forum headed by Malcorra at the Palacio San Martín, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is unknown if Mattarella will be making an appearance at this but both foreign ministers will be there alongside various speakers such as the owner of Fiat, Cristiano Ratazzi.
The afternoon and evening will consist of a visit the Teatro Coliseo where he will meet with members of the Italian community and afterward he will head over to the Teatro Colon for a gala event.
Tuesday will see a breakfast conference with the Italian press, followed by a spell in Congress where he will sit in on a session. After this he will jet off down to Bariloche in preparation for Wednesday where he will meet the Dante Alighieri school along with the company Invap for the signing of bilateral agreements on scientific and technological collaboration.