Italy’s connection with the ASEAN region can be traced back to Italian tradesmen and explorers venturing to Asia in the 16th century. In the modern context, the first High-Level Dialogue on ASEAN-Italy Economic Relations took place in 2017.

With Italy formally becoming ASEAN’s development partner in 2020, cooperation has been extended to sustainable connectivity, space collaboration and the implementation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

The change in partnership status comes with new commitments from both ASEAN and Italy to intensify political and economic exchanges, using the High-Level Dialogue on ASEAN-Italy Economic Relations as a key platform.

Developed through an integrated public-private sector partnership, the dialogue has shaped an eWxclusive and influential community of business leaders working together to boost economic ties, consolidate business relationships and establish a dynamic environment for economic growth and social development.

In 2020, a series of webinars and digital roundtables were organised in preparation for the fourth High-Level Dialogue, set to take place in 2021.

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