Over the past 12 months, the close and friendly relationship between Italy and Bahrain has continued to flourish. At a political level, the Bahraini Embassy in Rome will soon become fully operational, and this will represent a real milestone that will no doubt boost our relations in all fields.
Italy and Bahrain also enjoy strong economic ties: major Italian companies are taking part in the most important industrial projects in Bahrain, such as the modernization of the BAPCO refinery, and a new partnership was sealed in 2019 in the energy sector for pursuing oil exploration and possible production. The untapped potential is still huge, considering the complementarity of the two economies, and we’ll jointly explore further avenues of cooperation.
In the cultural sphere, cooperation is also on a good track as testified by the beautiful cultural and artistic exhibitions organized in 2019 in Florence and in Turin by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, as well as by the participation of Italian artists and musicians in the festivals in Bahrain. Other milestones in 2019 are the launch of the first-ever Centre of Italian Language and Culture at a Bahraini University, hosted by the Royal University for Women, and the first summer school of the King Hamad Chair for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence at the La Sapienza University in Rome.