Commercial agreements, new experiments on innovation, high technology and a direct flight from Cagliari that could start already next year. These are the main commitments arising on the final day of the Italy-China Week of Science, Technology and Innovation, hosted on December 6th in the Ex Manifattura Tabacchi of Cagliari. After Milan, Rome and Naples, the initiative, which is the largest internationalization event involving the two countries and their bilateral relations, has made Sardinia's ties with China even stronger.
For the Vice-President of the Region, Raffaele Paci, hosting the final day was "a recognition of what Sardinia represents today, with its technological platforms, from the Sardinia Radio Telescope to the Aria project in the Seruci mine, from Sargrav to the Joint Innovation Center for research on Smart and Safe cities with Huawei, great skills from our universities, our research centers, our Startups”. According to Paci, "Sardinia is today an example of what can be done concretely through technology, science and research not only in the fields of physics, astrophysics and information technology but also in the agri-food sector".
There was also discussion of the advisability of setting up a direct Sardinia-China flight to be activated within a year, hypotheses to which entrepreneurs and institutions of both countries work. The confirmation was provided by Alberto Scanu, managing director of Cagliari airport. After attending the seminars, the Chinese delegation visited the Luna Rossa shipyard, at the Port of Cagliari, where the challenge for the America's Cup will start in 2019 with the inaugural stage of the America's Cup World Series, event of preparation and testing of the new boats for the Prada Cup, which will select the boat to oppose the defender New Zealand in 2021. Among other things, Luna Rossa is engaged in Cagliari to carry on with the Crs4 a research project on the fluodynamics of boats, co-funded by the Region.