Signore Maggipinto:  Ciao Malesia, From the Land that Gave Us Ferrari and Pavarotti

THE ITALIAN CONNECTION

Signore Maggipinto: Ciao Malesia, From the Land that Gave Us Ferrari and Pavarotti

His Excellency Cristiano Maggipinto is the Italian ambassador to Malaysia. He speaks to AWANI Review’s Ibrahim Sani on a variety of issues, including palm oil, free trade agreements, entrenching Italian culture amongst Malaysians, and how they missed the cut at Russia World Cup.

On a breezy afternoon, the AWANI team arrived at the embassy in Ampang. Located amongst the “Diplomatic Row” of Jalan U-Thant, we were greeted by the Italian ambassador. He is the embodiment of a classic Italian; fashion-centric, warm, global-citizen, and most of all, eccentric. His Excellency Cristiano Maggipinto reported for duty as the ambassador in September 2017. In that short period of time, he has brokered numerous meetings between Malaysian dignitaries with their Italian counter parts, counterparts and have spoken on various issues ranging from free...

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