(AGI) Rome, Sept 16 - Mohammad Khoddadi, President and CEO ofIranian news agency, IRNA, was in Rome on Wednesday for thesigning of a memorandum of understanding with AGI: an historicagreement and signal of the new direction of the Rouhanigovernment and, above all, of the new era opening to thecountry with the agreement over the nuclear issue and the endof economic sanctions. Mr Khoddadi saw the agreement as abridge of information between Italy and Iran, to foster mutualunderstanding, transparency and, above all, business betweenthe two countries. "We have a historical relationship, a history of goodrelations. We always understand each other," he said explainingthat the partnership with AGI had been facilitated by theancient ties between Italy and Iran. This partnership will givean important space to economic news, to which IRNA intends topay "special attention in the revitalisation of itsactivities," he continued. "We cannot deny the role ofinformation in developing countries. Progress is linked to thefact of having more news, just as the weakness of a nation isoften caused by the scarcity of information," he noted. Information can be a driving force for business: "If twocompanies in different countries want to make a deal they needthe right information at the right time. In this way, a jointventure will be created quickly and it will be successful.""This exchange of information between Iran and Italy does notyet exist. In Italy news about Iran comes from other sourcesand not directly from Iran, as happens for Iran with Italy.There is no direct exchange between the two countries." Hencethe idea of the "bridge", the exchange of news targeted "at thecommon interest of the two countries", an "exchange between thetwo peoples to circulate true and practical news that bearsfruit," said Mr Khoddadi. And it was in this context that theagreement was signed between IRNA and AGI, an agreement thatprovides a close synergy to develop publishing both in thecontext of primary information, and in the activities ofintegrated and multimedia communications, professional trainingand in the organisation of local events. Thus there is room forinformation targeted at the economy, looking to the energysector, a huge resource of the Islamic Republic, which,explained Khoddadi, is "also a tool for development andtransparency". (AGI).