On 24/2/2012 the Ambassador Dr Saywan Barzani visited the city of Modena (Northern Italy), upon an invitation addressed to him by the Association for Small and Medium Enterprises in the Province of Modena, Confapi, to hold direct meetings with economic and political parties in the area and establish new cooperation relations in economic, commercial and political sectors .During the visit, The Ambassador met the mayor of Modena (Giorgio Pighi), accompanied by a delegation from Confapi Association and The Head of Task Force Iraq at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Massimo Bellelli, and explained the developments of political and economic conditions in Iraq and the desire to strengthen relations with Italy in all fields.
H.E. The Ambassador then moved to the Office of the councilor of the province of Modena for local economic policies Ms. Daniela Sirotti Mattioli, who, during the meeting, stressed on the will of the province of Modena, to have its companies cooperating with Iraq and search for jobs and investment possibilities. After this interview, another similar meeting took place, this time with the Governor, Mr. Benedetto Basile, followed by several other encounters held by the Ambassador and a group of the province's businessmen at Confapi headquarters, during which the Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr. Bellelli, explained the means of the Italian development cooperation for Iraq and pointed out that "thanks to the bilateral agreement, great amounts of money has been allocated for the benefit of Italian companies.Then added that Italy represents Iraq's first European partner in all areas, as open credit lines with Iraq are mainly based on the bilateral cooperation sector in small and medium enterprises, health, agriculture and irrigation. The ambassador stressed in his speech that "Iraq is a country that should be completely re-reconstructed and has important human and natural resources and needs knowledge, technology, products and the experiences of Italian companies. H.E. also added that there are many opportunities in all sectors, from economy to construction to machines manufacture, infrastructure, food industries and cultural products and there are many cooperation relations that need to be activated that could be fruitful for both countries, as he explained that Iraq will need, in the next three years, up to 300 thousand residential units, hospitals, and tourist facilities.
The Director of the Insurance Corporation for Italian companies abroad Sace, Modena's Branch, Mr. Danilo Brosque, delivered a speech in which he reviewed the association's role and activities in insuring and financing Italian companies, and taking care of its bank relations
In the evening of the same day, H.E. The Ambassador went to the headquarters of the Institute (Quebec - Mirella Freni CUBEC) music school of Modena, where he met and an Iraqi delegation
of musicians from the Iraqi orchestra who are being trained there as part of a training and cultural exchange project between the two countries. The meeting was also attended by The Plenipotentiary Minister, Massimo Bellelli, the director of the Conservatory Mr. Vecchi-Tonelli, the Director of the language institute of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the Choral music Director of Modena's Cathedral , Maestro Daniele Bononcini and the director of the Iraqi National Symphonic orchestra Mr. Kareem Wasfi. The young. Iraqi Musicians welcomed the visit of the Ambassador with a brief music exhibition, followed by few musical passages taken from traditional Italian opera masterpieces.
The ambassador's visit had a widespread press coverage as it was published in several newspapers and websites including the official newspaper Il Resto del Carlino in addition to the official website of Modena's mayor's office.