The Italian President, Sergio Mattarella will be in Buenos Aires on Monday 8 May 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.
After a visit to the Parque de la Memoria on Sunday 7 May, Mattarella has started today (Monday 8 May)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.
Today mid-day he will make his way over to the Casa Rosada (the Pink House) for a meeting with Macri which will involve signing bilateral agreements and a press conference.
Parallel to this will be Italy-Argentina Economic Forum headed by Malcorra at the Palacio San Martín, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina.
The afternoon and evening will consist of a visit the Coliseo Theater where he will meet with members of the Italian community and afterward he will head over to the Colón Theater for a gala event.
Tuesday 9 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
Date: 8 May, 2017