(AGI) Milan, Sept 21 - Over 300 Italian firms crowded Milan'sStelline Conference Centre on Monday to attend the EthiopiaTrade and Investment Forum. The event was organised by theItalian Trade Agency (ICE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairsand International Cooperation during celebrations forEthiopia's National day at the Milano Expo 2015. The Forum,which included a presentation on Ethiopia and the trade andinvestment opportunities that the country can offer to Italiancompanies, was attended by Ethiopian Foreign Minister TedrosAdhanom, who headed a large delegation of officials andbusinessmen, and by Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The Forum was opened by ICE president Riccardo Monti, whoemphasised the Agency's interest in the Ethiopian market. Hesaid: "Today Ethiopia represents one of our three main targetsin Sub-Saharan Africa; we have recently opened an ICE office inAddis Ababa and we are ready to invest sizable resources tohelp our companies settle in this important market, alsothrough the insurance and financial instruments made availableby Italy's SIMEST and SACE." At the end of the Forum, alarge number of Italian companies were given the opportunity tomeet with Ethiopian firms representing the country's maineconomic sectors including infrastructures, the agro-foodindustry, the textile and leather industries, thepharmaceutical industry and the construction sector. (AGI) . .