Bhubaneswar: Italian investors have shown keen interest in investing in Angul Aluminium Park in Odisha.

A high-level delegation team from Italy, which visited the Aluminium Park on Friday,  set the platform for investment and collaboration with its counterparts in the state.

The visiting delegation led by the consul general of Italy Damiano Francovigh participated in the Indo-Italian Metal Hub seminar, organised by Aluminium Association of India (AAI), here on Saturday.

CEOs and senior executives of different Italian business houses and the Italian Aluminium Association was the part of the visiting delegation while the India team comprised Nalco, the state government and Indian industries and business associations. The seminar discussed about the way forward to collaborate in the aluminium sector.

Italian consul general in India Francovigh stressed on improvement of bilateral relations between India and Italy, saying, ‘’Strengthening economic cooperation between India and Eastern India will go a long way in improving relations between Italy and India. The Indo-Italian Metal Hub seminar titled ‘Aluminium Age’ is also an effort in that direction.’’

Odisha industries minister Niranjan Pujari said, ‘’Odisha offers the perfect ecosystem to be the Hub of Aluminium sector and we are committed to forge strong economic tie with Italy. The molten aluminium can be directly obtained from NALCO when the Angul Aluminium Park becomes operational.’’

 Industries principal secretary Sanjeev Chopra, who was the chief speaker, also strongly pitched the upcoming Angul Aluminium Park, saying, ‘’This visit by the Italian delegation team has come at a very opportune time as the future looks bright for investors looking at investing in the aluminium sector in Odisha. The potential for collaboration is immense. The response to the Angul Aluminium Park is unprecedented and will become a major centre in the world for aluminium downstream activities. The Park will rival the best in the world and NALCO will be there to provide concessions and hand-holding support to organisations.’’      

Nalco executive director  S.K.Dash, Amafond president Maurizio Sala, Art Valley president Francesca Bruni, AAI additional director general Pratap Aditya Mishra, and Nalco director  Kamal Prakash also spoke at the seminar.