In Watershed Moment, Italian American Leaders Advance Diplomatic Collaboration and Strategic Partnerships in Rome

May 06, 2022 186

In an unprecedented move, Italian and Italian American governmental, business and advocacy leaders are coming together from May 10-14 to spur partnerships that deepen cultural activism and create economic growth. This historic summit was organized by Judge Basil M. Russo, who leads the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO), and Hon. Mariangela Zappia — Italy's first female Ambassador to the U.S.

Plans include both sides working together to cement a partnership that's designed to strengthen cultural relations, foster new trade, and bolster advocacy on issues of mutual concern. "Covid has pushed many prominent figures to an inflection point about what the post-pandemic world should look like," said Russo. "For Italians and Italian Americans alike, it's about fueling prosperity, advocating for each other's culture and history, and leaning on principles and aspirations that have been gleaned from our religious institutions and our ancestors."

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SOURCE: The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations

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