Ambassador lays First Stone of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2023 Doha
As part of events marking the official commencement of Italian pavilion preparations at Expo 2023 Doha, the First Stone Ceremony has been held at the Expo House.
Held at Al Bidda Park, the ceremony, according to an official statement from expo organizers, was attended by dignitaries, government officials and climate enthusiasts including Italian ambassador Paolo Toschi, Italian Trade Commissioner Paola Lisi, Expo 2023 Doha commissioner-general Bader al-Dafa, and International Co-ordination Department director Khalid al- Sindi, along with a number of attendees from both sides.
The occasion, according to the statement, marked the importance of Italy’s participation in Expo 2023 Doha.
This ceremony establishes Italy’s participation in the first inaugural International Horticultural Exhibition in Qatar and the Mena (Middle East and North Africa) region.
Aligned with the Expo 2023 Doha theme ‘Green Desert, Better Environment’, Italy reiterates its dedication to modernizing agriculture, advancing sustainability, and fostering technological innovation toward Qatar’s climate strategy of driving progress and enhancing global food security.
Al-Dafa emphasized the significance of Italy’s participation.
“We are excited to welcome our Italian partners to the Expo 2023 in Doha, Qatar,” he said. “Italy is known for its progress towards, realizing sustainable production to meet the global food needs.”
“As our partners, we believe their participation will add immense value and allow visitors to gain meaningful insights towards a pressing global issue such as climate change,” al-Dafa added.
Under the theme ‘Italia, The Garden of the Future’, the Italian pavilion at the exhibition will display the brilliance of Italian cutting innovation, agricultural technology, and bio-solutions aimed at extreme and dry climates.
Toschi said that Italy’s presence at Expo 2023 Doha marks the country’s commitment to its mission, which includes managing dry lands, fighting hunger and promoting sustainability.
“Doha will host the first horticultural expo in the Mena region, whose substantial and geographical focus is central to our foreign policy, as demonstrated by the ‘Development and Migration Conference’ that was hosted in Rome on July 23rd under the chairmanship of our Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni,” he said adding that this event will be followed by the 2023 UN Stocktaking Moment (July 24-26) in Rome, which will focus on the efforts of the international community to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“These are the values that inspired Expo throughout its 170-year history, where Italy always played a central role in strengthening the spirit of friendship among Nations,” Toschi noted. “We aim to increase, even more, our commitment to the expo agenda by hosting in Rome the 2030 Universal Exhibition.
We hope that the Eternal City will pick up the baton of the glorious history of the expo, of which Doha 2023 will be a part.”
He went on to say that the active participation reaffirms Italy’s dedication to advanced 4.0 agricultural technology, incorporating drones, sensors, IoT (Internet of Things), Big Data, and artificial intelligence .
“Italy’s participation in Expo 2023 Doha highlights the long-standing relationship between Italy and Qatar and reinforces Italy’s commitment to global environmental sustainability, technology innovation, and food security,” he said.