15th Cultural and Educational Agreement signed between Malta and Italy

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Aug 16, 2017
 
The 15t​h Cultural and Educational Agreement was signed between Malta and Italy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion in Valletta. Based on the cultural collaboration agreement signed in 1967, it identifies cultural and educational activities and cooperation opportunities for the 2017-2019 period.

The agreement aims to increase understanding between both countries’ communities, building on the economic foundations and diplomatic relations that already exist between Malta and Italy. Fiona Formosa, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, signed on behalf of the Maltese Government. Italian Ambassador Umberto de Vito signed on behalf of the Italian Government.

Attention will be given to direct collaboration between the universities and institutes for higher education of both countries, especially through the exchange of teachers and the implementation of joint research projects, particularly in the field of science.

Other areas of cooperation indicated in the agreement include music, publications, art restoration, preservation and management of national heritage, translations, archives and libraries, the promotion and dissemination of the Italian language and culture in Malta, scholarship opportunities, plus more collaboration in the film and television sector.

Although we articulate our relationship in many different areas, Ambassador de Vito said, culture and education have been the pillars of co-operation between Malta and Italy. The signing of this agreement coincides with the upcoming state visit to Malta by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella in September 2017.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela said that the agreement shows the continued growth of bilateral relations between Italy and Malta and re-affirms their strong friendship. “We have a special bond, excellent political relations, and celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year.”

He added that the signing is not just a simple signature, “but a people-to-people agreement that takes our relationship to another level through cultural exchange. And with Valletta 18 on the horizon, there is no better time to promote our cultures.”​​



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