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Italy & India


In recent years, Italy and India have intensified their collaboration in the economic, cultural, scientific and technological fields, until they agreed to take their relations to the level of strategic partnership in March 2023.

Trade has also reached record figures in a short time and the trend for the future seems to be even more encouraging.

In the field of scientific and technological research, the launch of numerous new joint projects demonstrates the vitality of the partnership in the sector. Not forgetting, the in-depth collaboration in the health sector during the pandemic, through the exchange of experiences and good practices, humanitarian initiatives and the promotion of joint research projects.

On the cultural level, collaboration has been strengthened both in terms of the incomparable heritage of both countries, and in creative industries, such as fashion, design and cinema. People-to-people relationship is also a non-negligible component.

An increasing number of students and workers from all over India are choosing Italy, for their studies and professional paths, enriching an Indian community. The largest in the European Union, which already actively operates in the Italian economic ecosystem.

Thanks to the strategic partnership, new spaces for collaboration are opening up in the field of connectivity, maritime and digital security. Today more than ever, the two countries share the vision of a free, open Indo-Pacific international law, based on respect and a natural continuation of the enlarged Mediterranean that has always been at the centre of Italian foreign policy.

Also in this perspective, Italy has joined, over the years, all the multilateral initiatives promoted by India for the region, from the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to the Coalition for Disaster and Resilience Initiative (CDRI), to the International Solar Alliance (ISA).