(AGI) Rome, July 8 - A "new phase has dawned" in Latin America,requiring reflection if we want to understand the "trends inwhich Italy could fit and maybe even make a difference," saidUndersecretary for Foreign Affairs, Mario Giro, speaking at thefirst meeting at the foreign ministry's Italy-Latin AmericaRoundtable. This meeting is an opportunity for "discussion anddebate in order to connect the aspirations and awareness of theentire Italian system with this very important continent," saidGiro, speaking of a "multidisciplinary commitment" that couldresult in a broader range of participants. The meeting aims "tobring out ideas and indicate political priorities, the trendsin which Italy could fit and maybe even make a difference." Itwill carry out preparatory work for the Seventh Italian-LatinAmerican and Caribbean Conference which will be held in Milanin 2015, in conjunction with the Expo, the "most importantpolitical tool with which we do business" on the continent,organised by the Italo-Latin American Institute. This year andnext year, the undersecretary added, will see "severalinitiatives" with "an increase in Italy's focus on LatinAmerica." One of these is the 2015-2016 Italy Year in LatinAmerica, whose aim, explained Vincenzo Grassi of theDirectorate-General for the promotion of the country, "is notonly to create events that attract public initiatives, but tocreate ones that last over time, involving the world of culturebut also companies and major universities." (AGI). .