Those who have thus far joined the centre are development institutions and agencies from Morocco, Lebanon, Albania, Tunisia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Egypt.
The agreement was made during an Italian-Maltese business forum organised by the Milan Chamber of Commerce to present business opportunities in the country and strengthen cooperation, already positive in terms of commercial relations. Trade grew 17% in 2011 compared to the previous year, with Italian exports rising to 1.4 billion euros. Malta already has 30 Italian firms engaging in productive activities and about 500 businesses, mainly commercial, owned by Italian shareholders. Among the most promising sectors, according to the forum organizers, are the pharmaceutical, maritime (both for tourism and logistics) and energy sectors, especially with as concerns green energy. (ANSAmed).