The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is willing to facilitate promotion of a satellite township with world-class infrastructure here through a local partner.

Members of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Coimbatore Zone, had a meeting with the Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini here on Wednesday.

CII vice-chairman K. Ilango told The Hindu after the meeting that the Indo-Italian chamber is trying to support a satellite township project in an Indian city that has 50,000 to one lakh population. They have the expertise for the project and want a local partner. Cities such as Coimbatore will be suitable for the project as the real estate cost here is relatively less compared to larger cities.

Mr. Ilango said that another proposal mooted by the CII was a training centre here. It will work with the Indo-Italian Chamber and prepare a project report for a manufacturing skill training centre.

Apart from twining of cities, industrial associations (sector-specific and general) can have tie-up with associations in Italy. This will also enhance co-operation between the two countries. Italy has a strong base of small and medium-scale enterprises as Coimbatore.

When some of the participants said there were problems in getting business visas for regular visits, the Ambassador assured that it will be sorted out, Mr. Ilango said. The CII will have a designated co-ordinator here tow work with the Indo-Italian Chamber on behalf of the industries here, he added.

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