Mumbai, Nov 16 (UNI) The sixth edition of the Italian Festival, 'Festa Italiana 2007' kickstarted here today with the inauguration of the '100 objects of Italian Designs', an exhibition of objects from the permanent collection of La Triennale in Milan, by the Italian Consulate General in Mumbai, Fabio Ruge and country Ambassador Antonio Amellini.
The month-long festival that will go on till December 17, will see representatives from several Italian sectors like construction, metal framing, environment, IT and innovation technology, ports and logistics, tourism, food, fashion, hospitality, and others.
During this period, a variety of events ranging from seminars, round tables and business to business meeting will be held.
Inaugurating the festival, Armellini said, ''The last year has seen consolidation of a more solid bridge betwen the two countries.
We have witnessed successful co-operation in all fields, be it politics,culture or commercial. Besides, several other projects are in progress,'' he said.
Stating that commercial relations between the two countries has grown from strength to strength, he said the challenge to double the bilteral trade by 2010 may look ambitious but certainly not an impossible goal.
Speaking on the occasion, Italian Trade Commissioner in Mumbai, Erica Di Giovancario said that the two countries were endowed with rich heritage and a long history.
''The Italian Festival aims to provide information on many facets of Italy, its institutions, legislation, economic activities, culture, outlook towards the world, thus further strengthening the breadth and scope of co-operation between the two nations,'' she said.
The festival is jointly being organised by the Italian Trade Commission and the Indo-Italian Chambers of Commerce along with Italian State Tourism Board (ENIT) and the Italian Culture Institute with the patronage of the Italian Embassy in New Delhi as well as its Consulate Generals in Mumbai and Kolkata.
Expressing hope that this year's event will break new grounds, President of the Indo-Italian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Narinder Nayar, said that the festival will introduce cutting edge research and innovation through the round-tables in collaboration with 14 Italian universities as also many other events in construction, environment, etc.
Conceptualised by the Chamber in 2002 as Festa Italiana, the event has played a key and significant role in promoting Italy in India as the ultimate tourist and business delegation.