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Italian Infrastructure Delegation to Visit Australia Media Release AA247/2012 26 November 2012

During my visit to Italy, I held discussions with Giorgio Squinzi, President of Confindustria, the peak body for the manufacturing, construction, energy and transportation industries.

Confindustria is organising a delegation of Italian infrastructure and transport companies to visit Australia later this week. Italy's Secretary of State, Staffan de Mistura will also join the delegation.

As a result of my discussions with Mr Squinzi, more companies have been added to the delegation, making this the largest ever Italian delegation to visit our shores.

I will host a forum at Parliament House which will assist both countries to explore mutual infrastructure investment opportunities and further strengthen our bilateral economic relations.

The delegation will also visit Sydney and Perth to inspect a range of major infrastructure projects and engage with political and business leaders, including Infrastructure Australia.

Italy and Australia share not just a warm friendship, but also an extremely productive business relationship. This visit will deepen the ties between our two countries.

Italian companies are already involved in delivering major Australian infrastructure projects such as the South Road ‘Superway’ in Adelaide and the Legacy Way Tunnel in Brisbane.

As well, Australian firms are involved in the rollout of public transport ticketing systems in North Italy and project management for the construction of the Strait of Messina Bridge, which will connect the Italian mainland to Sicily.

The Federal Labor Government has made it easier for international companies to invest in Australian projects, particularly through the National Infrastructure Construction Schedule (www.nics.gov.au), which is making it easier for companies to see what's on our drawing board, plan and invest.

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