The Italian Consulate, in cooperation with IBG, organized a dinner in March 2014 at Hilton Hotel for an Italian business delegation.
A delegation of no less than 67 Italian companies were in the Kingdom to explore business opportunities in the fields of clean technology, healthcare, and infrastructure. The trip had been jointly organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Confederation of Italian Industries (Confindustria), and the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE/ITA). Annalisa Bisson, head of European and International Affairs at Confindustria, said the clean technology and health care sectors had been chosen, because they are “hot topics” in the Kingdom. The Italian companies, of which 31 are working in the clean technology and 22 in the health care sector, were mainly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), while the 14 infrastructure companies were large enterprises. The Italian Consul General Simone Petroni welcomed the delegation in addition to a selection of Saudi business people with a dinner organized in cooperation with the Italian Business Group.