ROME, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Green technology stands as the greatest opportunity to boost commercial ties between Italy and China, says the president of Italy's main industrial association.
"The Chinese government, with determination and resolution, is addressing the challenge of climate change through the promotion of new, green technologies and environmental-friendly industries," Emma Marcegaglia, president of Italy's Confindustria, said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
Italy can do its part in supporting China because "Italian firms are the forerunner in environmental protection and green economy," she said.
The sophisticated and efficient systems Italy has developed in technological fields can serve as a platform for a stronger Italy-China bilateral collaboration.
Marcegaglia said new technologies are an Italian hallmark, a "Made-in-Italy" product just like the fashion, food, furniture and design that represent the best of what the country is capable of making.
"Our firms throughout the years have acquired a solid knowledge and skills in using green technologies in sustainable development and energy efficiency, which offers extraordinary opportunities for cooperation between the two countries," she said.
"It's unacceptable that today just 2 percent of Italian exports are China-bound. That's too little when we're talking of the world's second largest economy."