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OFFICIAL WELCOME IN ADELAIDE OF THE RIGHT HONORABLE, THE LORD MAYOR OF ADELAIDE MR MICHAEL HARBISON, TO THE CONSUL OF ITALY, Dr TOMMASO CONIGLIO.

Date:

06/19/2007


OFFICIAL WELCOME IN ADELAIDE OF THE RIGHT HONORABLE, THE LORD MAYOR OF ADELAIDE MR MICHAEL HARBISON, TO THE CONSUL OF ITALY, Dr TOMMASO CONIGLIO.

The Right Honourable, The Lord Mayor of Adelaide Mr. Michael Harbison, has given the official welcome in Adelaide to the Consul, Dr. Tommaso Coniglio and his wife Mrs Sabina Frezza Coniglio, with a Civic Reception held on the 14th of June at the Adelaide Town Hall. The Consul, in his speech, has highlighted how close The Lord Mayor has been towards the Italian community in these first four months since his arrival in Adelaide. 


The Consul's speech at the Reception (14.06.2007}.



• Mr Michael Harbison, The Right Honourable, The Lord Mayor of Adelaide;

• Minister Carmel Zollo;

• Mr Robert Berton, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce;

• Councillors and staff of the City of Adelaide;

• Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,


I am truly grateful to you, Lord Mayor, for your very kind initiative to host this marvellous reception to welcome me to Adelaide in my capacity of Consul of Italy, and to acknowledge the continued success of the Italian Chamber of Commerce.

I have been in Adelaide only about four months, but in such a short period I have come to realize how close the Lord Mayor is to the Italian Community.
He has attended our Carnevale;
he has accepted, with a day’s notice, to welcome the Italian delegation at the World Police and Fire Games at the Veneto Club;
he has recently participated at the Radiothon of the Italian Radio, giving a personal contribution to the station;
and finally, he has honoured us with his presence on the Italian National Day, offering to host next year’s edition here, in beautiful and historical Adelaide town hall.

Mr Harbison, the Italian Community truly appreciates the consideration you and the entire Adelaide City Council have for us.

In particular, today we appreciate your recognition of the work done over the years by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and, more in general, by the entire Italian-Australian business community.

Mr Harbison, Italians hold an important world record: we are the country in the world with the highest number of business owners per capita. Do you know that in Italy there are over 530.000 companies? That is nearly as much as the number of English, German and Spanish companies put together!

I am happy to see that this Italian DNA has produced marvellous results even here in Australia, where hundreds of Italians have succeeded in creating their own business, in almost every imaginable sector, from pasta to wines to ceramics, to clothing, to dining. And I’m very pleased to see many fine representatives here with us today.

Speaking now of the Italian Chambe of Commerce, we all know that it has been nominated, for three years in a row, “Chamber of the Year” by CITSA, wining the “hat trick”.

I have participated at every board meeting since I arrived, and I can say that they are true professionals, very dedicated at doing there job in the best possible way.

The Chamber here in Adelaide is more important, in my view, than the one in Sydney or in Melbourne. Why? Because in those cities there is an Office of the Italian Trade Delegation and/or a Commercial Officer at the Consulate. Here in Adelaide we have no such thing. All the burden of promoting trade relations between Italy and South Australia rests upon the Consul and perhaps more importantly, on the Chamber.

That is why it is important to stress that the Chamber of Commerce in Adelaide has a very special, “political” function, and the Lord Mayor is acknowledging this with his reception. The Chamber should never be considered, or managed as, a simple business.

I would like to conclude by saying that, in my view, the Italian Business Community can have an even higher profile in this city and within the Italian Community, than the one it has today.

Dear Italian friends, I would like to invite you to further contribute, one way or another, to our Community and to the Image of our Country.
We need to keep our children interested in the Italian language and culture.
We need to help our elders who sometimes face solitude and alienation.
We need to promote, here in South Australia, the image of modern Italy, the Italy of fashion, of design, of creativity, and of art, while continuing to teach our cultural heritage.

I feel you have a strong role to play. I know most of you are already very active and generous, so I take this opportunity to thank you sincerely.

I look forward to working with you, with the Chamber and with the city of Adelaide in the next few years to come, towards these important, common goals.

Thank you very much.


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