JAKARTA, 8 February 2018—Acknowledging ASEAN’s important role in promoting regional peace, security and prosperity, Italy expressed its desire to forge closer partnership with ASEAN.

This message was conveyed by the Foreign Minister of Italy, Angelino Alfano, when he called on Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi at the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday.

In welcoming Italy’s interest, Secretary-General Dato Lim said ASEAN, as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, offered tremendous opportunities for collaboration in areas such as trade, investment, small and medium enterprises, tourism and connectivity.

Minister Alfano conveyed that Italy would like to be part of ASEAN growth and is willing to share experience and know-how to promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest.