(AGI) Rome, Sept 16 - China and Italy will promote new forms ofcollaboration through co-productions in television, film, andpublishing, sources from Italy's Ministry of EconomicDevelopment told AGI. The ministry's Undersecretary forCommunications, Antonello Giacomelli, will depart for China onThursday, where he will stay from September 21 to 27 on aninvitation from SARFT (State Administration of Radio, Film,Television, Press and Publication). Giacomelli will meet with anumber of Chinese publishing and television groups during thebusiness mission. "During his visit to the Ministry of EconomicDevelopment around a year ago, the deputy minister of SARFT,Tin Jin, and Undersecretary Giacomelli expressed their hopesfor greater collaboration between our two governments," thesources said. "In June 2014, Italy and China signed theregulations to put the co-production agreement into effect,under which every co-produced movie or documentary - whetherfor cinema, television, or the web - can have dual nationalityand therefore qualify for fiscal benefits and subisidies, whichthe respective governments will make available to promote andpass on cinematographic culture." In addition, guidelinesapproved by Italy's Council of Ministers on March 27 and a newconvention - to be signed by 2016 - plan to shift the statebroadcasting company RAI onto the international stage throughthe production of programs in English. The business mission,led by Giacomelli, therefore aims to deepen the ties betweenRAI and CCTV, which financed the mission. RAI does not haveauthorisation to broadcast its programs in China, unlikeinternational channels such as BBC World News, CNBC Asia, HBO,TV5Monde Asie, Eurosport News, and Bloomberg. "A request toSARFT has never been filed," the ministry sources said. Withthe recent changes, RAI will be tasked with spearheadingItaly's audiovisual industry, strengthening its presenceabroad, and promoting independent productions, Italian culture,and the Made in Italy brand. . .