Finance Minister Edward Scicluna and Italian Economy and Finance Minister Giovanni Tria held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank constituency meeting held in Malta, according to a press statement issued by the government’s Department of Information.
The two ministers “pledged to intensify the good relationship” built between the two countries along the years, the press statement notes.
The two officials attended the meeting in the company of the two respective Central Bank Governors, Mario Vella and Ignazio Visco, the Italian Ambassador to Malta, Mario Sammartino, and the Chief of Staff for the Ministry for Finance, Paul Debattista, the press release adds.
Ministers, Governors and high officials from the Finance Ministries and Central Banks of Italy, Greece, Malta, Portugal, San Marino, Albania and Timor-Leste, attended the aforementioned constituency meeting, another DOI press release informs.
During the constituency meeting, two presentations were held entitled “Fostering social and gender inclusion” and “Toward a new Social Contract”, by Shekhar Aiyar, Advisor for the IMF, and Maurizio Bussolo, Lead Economist from the World Bank, respectively.