23 July 2018 – A friendly Meeting between the Italian Minister of Infrastructures and Transport, Mr. Danilo Toninelli and the U.S. Ambassador to Italy, H.E. Lewis M. Eisenberg, was held today at the premises of the Infrastructures and Transport Ministry. The Bilateral Meeting focused on the participation of the Italian Companies in the opportunities offered by U.S. Infrastructure Investment Plan promoted by the U.S. President Donald Trump, aiming at stimulating new investments for the next ten years, amounting to at least one-thousand and five hundred billion Dollars.
During the meeting, Minister Toninelli and Ambassador Eisenberg focused on the main topics for the bilateral cooperation in Infrastructure and Transport sectors, just a few days before the long-awaited visit of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to Washington, planned on 30 July 2018 next, which will confirm the stability and strength of the bilateral relations between Rome and Washington in every field.
Minister Toninelli, during the meeting with the U.S. Ambassador, stated that he intends to promote a cooperation work between Italy and U.S. in order to particularly encourage and enhance the greater presence of the Italian Companies in the United States, thus offering their experience and skill to the Country led by President Trump for the benefit of the infrastructure development. In this regard the Minister recalled that the Italian Companies actually operating in the United States are greatly appreciated, for example Ferrovie dello Stato Group, which is involved in the implementation of very important projects.
The key role of the Meeting is that of encouraging the American investors to invest in our Country, identifying projects and strategic sectors of common potential interest.
Minister Toninelli has also underlined his commitment to pay a closer attention and promote on our territory those projects which are able to contribute to a better quality of life for our citizens, also encouraging the further development of the electric and clean mobility, the increase of both freight and passenger railway transport and the strengthening of the integrated transport logistics network connecting ports, airports, railways and roads.
In order to enhance the discussion on the main cooperation issues, Minister Toninelli proposed to organize a meeting with the U.S. Secretary for Transportation, Mrs. Elaine Chao, to be held in Rome or in Washington by next Autumn, in order to directly discuss the issues of major interest for our Countries.