Romano Prodi, the Prime Minister of Italy, is coming today to the city. His city trip being a business visit, he will be accompanied by a 200-member strong Italian business delegation that also includes Italian Minister of International Trade Emma Bonino.
Both Prime Minister Prodi and International Trade Minister Bonino will address an economic forum organized jointly by Confindustria, FICCI (eastern region), Abi and Italian Trade Commission. Interestingly, the focus of the forum is West Bengal under the theme ‘Indo-Italian synergy – destination West Bengal’.
This is said to be one of the biggest high-powered trade delegation from Italy to India, and credit must go to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to have sown the seeds of cooperation in trade and commerce during his visit to Italy nearly 4 years back. The CM has been wooing Gucci, the world-famous Italian leather products manufacturer to set shop at Bantala, the leather complex at the southern fringes of the city.
Whether Gucci consents to come is not known, but it’s clear that West Bengal now is fast emerging as a hot favorite for foreign investments (see my post, Kolkata no longer a blip).