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Italian Ambassador Andrea Canepari to reboot Italian Embassy

Andrea Canepari is the new ambassador of Italy in the Dominican Republic. He is entrusted with the reopening of the Italian embassy in the country, closed since 31 December 2014 and reopened in February 2017. There is a large Italian community in the Dominican Republic, extensive trade and tourism relations.

Canepari presented credentials to President Danilo Medina on Thursday, 26 October 2017. He comes to Santo Domingo after four years as consul general in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, upon making the announcement of his appointment to the Dominican Republic, praised the diplomat for his major contributions to the city’s academic, business and professional communities. The newspaper says that the efforts were unusual because consuls in Philadelphia were known for signing visas and hosting parties.

Canepari is credited in Philadelphia “with invigorating what had been a moribund office slated for closure”. The Philadelphia Inquirer highlights how Canepari drafted and inspired people in Philadelphia to get involved in business, cultural (CiaoPhiladelphia) and academic (Convivio) activities that promoted Italy as a modern nation with many business and cultural opportunities for enterprising Americans. He is also credited for his work introducing Philadelphia in Italy. Canepari became the first foreigner to receive Temple University’s Biannual Global Award in 2016, a prize given to those who best promote the image of Philadelphia in the world.

Canepari has stated that his mission is to create opportunities for Italy in the Dominican Republic. “It’s almost about starting from scratch,” the newly-appointed ambassador explained in an interview with his university alma mater Bocconi. He observes the DR is an economy that is growing fast, with opportunities especially in the construction and food industries, as well as tourism. My job, as always, will be to create opportunities for my country here.”

Canepari is originally from Pavia, Italy. He is a graduate in Economics from Bocconi and law from the University of Parma).


Source: DR1, Viasarfatti

Nov 1, 2017

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