Piyush Goyal's two-day visit to Italy

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Piyush Goyal's two-day visit to Italy

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal was visiting Rome on 12 April 2023 on a two-day visit to Italy.

An Overview of the News:

  • Shri Goyal met Antonio Tajani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Italy to review all aspects of bilateral trade and economic relations.
  • Both the Ministers exchanged views on leveraging the India-Italy trade and economic partnership for development in various sectors.
  • After the state visit of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to India on 2 March 2023, efforts were made to elevate the bilateral relationship to the level of a strategic partnership.

Suggestion for formation of Joint Working Group:

  • Tajani suggested setting up of a joint working group in strategic areas such as space, technology, defence, agriculture etc. to keep abreast of important developments in these areas.

Bilateral trade with Italy:

  • Bilateral trade between India and Italy to be around US$ 16 billion in 2022.
  • Shri Goyal briefed about the progress made in India-EU FTA negotiations. Both the Ministers underlined the importance of a free, balanced and fair Free Trade Agreement and hoped that it would be concluded soon.

Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) in Rome:

  • The two leaders also agreed to hold the next session of the Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) in Rome in the last week of September 2023.


  • Capital: Rome
  • Currency: Euro
  • President: Sergio Mattarella
  • Prime Minister: Georgia Meloni

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