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Italy's economy minister says state lender CDP to sell "Panda bond" soon

MILAN, July 10 (Reuters) - Italian state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) will launch its first Panda bond in the next few days, economy minister Giovanni Tria told an Italy-China financial forum on Wednesday.

CDP Chief Executive Frabrizio Palermo told the same forum earlier on Wednesday that CDP had received expressions of interest for about 100 million euros of a planned 650 million euro Panda bond issue.

CDP had signed a partnership deal in March with Bank of China which included the issuance of bonds denominated in Chinese renminbi and sold in China from non-Chinese issuers --known as Panda bonds. (Reporting by Gianluca Semeraro, Editing by Catherine Evans)