Daily Tribune (Philippines)

China, Italy forge deals

Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Giovanni Tria and Chinese Finance Minister Liu Kun co-chaired the First Italy-China Finance Dialogue

- Xinhua

MILAN, Italy — Italy and China pledged to deepen their cooperatio­n in the finance sector and restating support for multilater­al trade during a high-level financial talks here on Wednesday.

Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Giovanni Tria and Chinese Finance Minister Liu Kun co-chaired the “First Italy-China Finance Dialogue,” months after the signing in Rome of a Memorandum of Understand­ing on the Belt and Road Initiative.

The event was preceded by a financial forum involving key public and private stakeholde­rs from both countries, with different panels of experts addressing topics ranging from world macro economics to global finance, from banking and insurance to investment.

“Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to deepen and broaden bilateral economic and financial relations,” the two ministers said in a joint declaratio­n after the dialogue.

Both countries also welcomed financial institutio­ns from the other side “to enter their securities, insurance, wealth management including custody services, and futures markets, in line with the regulatory framework currently or prospectiv­ely in force,” they added.

In his opening address, Tria said trade between Italy and China has been following a constant upward trend in recent years.

“Italian sales to China grew from about 9 billion euros ($10.1 billion) in 2010 to 13.2 billion euros in 2018, while our imports from China settled at about 30 billion euros,” he said.

“There is still a wide room for improvemen­t, which ought to be explored,” he stressed.

Data from the Italian Finance Ministry and European Union statistica­l office Eurostat showed that trade between Italy and China exceeded 43 billion euros in 2018.

Italy was China’s fourth largest supplier from Europe in 2018, while China was the ninth destinatio­n market for Italian exports at global level, and the most important one in Asia.

In the joint declaratio­n, the two sides also explained that Italy would “welcome China’s commitment­s to open-up the financial sector and its implementa­tion of related measures, including allowing foreign business to own up to 51 percent of shares in securities, futures and life insurance joint ventures.”

On its part, China would “welcome Italy’s participat­ion in the opening-up process of its financial market.”

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