Foreign undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano will open a meeting in Milan Thursday on the future of Italy's ties with India after Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party's landslide re-election this Spring, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The meeting will also focus on whether the world's largest democracy is a strategic partner for Italy and what prospects the rapidly expanding Indian economy - forecast to grow more than China's in 2019 and beyond - may offer Italian businesses, said the statement.
Italy's ambassador to Italy, Lorenzo Angeloni, will give a talk on 'The new era of Modi: India after the elections', while Italian envoy to India Antonio Armellini, Italy's export credit agency Sace president Beniamino Quintieri and other participants will take part in a debate entitled 'Italy and India: opportunities for an economic partnership'.
Giuliano Amato, a judge from Italy's Constitutional Court, will make the concluding remarks at the event, according to the statement
The conference is being organised by the Milan-based Italian Institute for International Political Studies (Ispi) think-tank, which will stream the event live on itsTwitter account, the statement said.