FS Italiane and Italferr at the Business Forum Italia-Georgia

Italferr CEO, Mr Carlo Carganico, provides a clear picture of foreign market objectives in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Algelino Alfano, and the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili

On March 8, the “BUSINESS FORUM ITALY – GEORGIA” was held in Rome in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, the aim was that of raising the profile of Georgia amongst Italian entrepreneurs and bringing together those agencies and programmes which may foster partnerships, case histories and future development schemes within this geographical area.
The event, organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) and the Georgian Ministry of Economics and Sustainable Development, was part of Georgian Prime Minister, Mr  Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s state visit to Italy, at the head of a comprehensive delegation of institutional and entrepreneurial Georgian representatives, and was attended by more than 200 Italian and 60 Georgian enterprises.
Speeches were given by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Mr Angelino Alfano, the Georgian Prime MInister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, and other illustrious speakers on behalf of Italian and Georgian institutions and corporations.
Attending on behalf of the Italian State Railways Group were Mr Carlo Carganico, CEO and and MD of Italferr S.p.A. and the Group’s acting Central Manager of international markets, and Italferr S.p.A. Chairman, Mr Riccardo Maria Monti.
Mr Carganico’s speech clearly set out the FS Group’s undertakings and objectives based on the five mainstays of the new 2017-2026 industrial plan. Focusing in particular on international aspects and referring to Italferr as a major player in foreign markets, the CEO highlighted the company’s presence with high-ranking projects in more than 20 countries and across 5 continents, future development objectives in new markets and the support the company will provide to the Group in its role as General Contractor on all levels.
Furthermore, Mr Carganico went on to emphasize how factors such as interoperability, the integration of rail systems and intermodality will all play a fundamental role in the Group’s development abroad and connections between our hubs and those scheduled for the Silk Road (ports – inner harbours – stations). He also reminded the audience of the Group’s commitment to freight transport, with the allocation of 1.5 million euros to the sector and, in January, Mercitalia Logistics was set-up specifically for this purpose.
The Italferr CEO illustrated the potential of the Georgian market and its development plan for strategic infrastructures, highlighting the opportunities offered to a host of Italian companies by referring to an agreement of cooperation signed in February earlier this year between Italferr and Georgian Railways. In his summing up, Mr Carganico encouraged both colleagues and Georgian governmental officials to set down the bases for future synergistic collaboration in the development of a range of mobility programmes, in addition to availing themselves of the know-how and multidisciplinary engineering services of Italferr, widely recognised as amongst the very best and most authoritative in the world.

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