10-06-21 | Italy and India, Partners in Sustainability and Multilateralism

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10 June 2021 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (IST)


About the programme

Italy and India share decades old diplomatic ties and have witnessed significant progress over the past few years with Rome emerging as a key partner in Europe. The virtual summit among the leaders of the two countries last year marked an important milestone in the bilateral relations. Both countries signed a Joint Declaration and Plan of Action to prioritise areas of cooperation and strategic goals for the period 2020-2025. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation against common global challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic, and coordinate closely at the multilateral level including the G-20 for which Italy is the current chair. India and Italy agreed to work together on a sustainable and inclusive post Covid-19 recovery, finding solution to the climate crisis and identifying new areas of economic partnership.

Join us for a special session to explore these potential complementarities and hearing from the Ambassador about his views on the path ahead.


H.E. Mr Vincenzo De Luca, Ambassador of Italy to India


Vincenzo De Luca took office on 1 February 2016 as Director-General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Italy, after having served in the same Directorate General as Deputy Director-General and Principal Director for the Internationalisation of the Italian Economic System (since January 2014). He has been a career diplomat since 1989 and has been given several assignments at the Foreign Ministry and at the diplomatic representations in Khartoum, Tunis, Paris (at the permanent Representation at the OECD) and in Shanghai. He has a long-standing expertise in the internationalisation of the economic system of the public and private sector, both in Central Offices, in the capacity of Diplomatic Advisor of the Ministries of Industry, Transports and Economic Development, and in large corporations like ENI and ENEL, where he served as Vice President for Institutional International Relations. During the past few years, he played a relevant role in the organisation of the EXPO Milano 2015 as President of the Foreign Ministry’s Task Force, capitalising on his experience as Consul General in Shanghai.


Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Former Indian Ambassador to Italy


Ambassador Anil Wadhwa was a member of the Indian Foreign Service from 1979 to 2017 and has served as Indian Ambassador to Italy, Thailand, Oman, Poland, San Marino and Lithuania. As Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs of India he oversaw relations with South East Asia, Gulf and West Asia, Pacific and Australasia. He has served as the Indian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNESCAP and worked with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague heading the Government Relations and Media and Public Affairs Branches. Ambassador Wadhwa has been India’s chief delegate to the East Asia Summit, Asean - India, Asem, ACD, the Arab League, Mekong Ganga Cooperation, and ARF meetings. He has been leading the CII task force for writing the Australia a Economic Strategy Report for the Indian government. Ambassador Wadhwa is currently a Distinguished Fellow with the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi and an Independent Director on the Boards of some Corporate firms.











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