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ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER EMMA BONINO PRESENTS THE NEW “ITALIAN AFRICA INITIATIVE”.

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, in a press conference in Rome on 30 December, presented the new “Italian Africa Initiative”, a project whose aim is to put Africa at the centre-stage, upgrading the Italian-African partnership in the political, economic, social and cultural fields. The launch event, which was co-chaired by the Minister of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism, Massimo Bray, and the Minister for Integration, Cecile Kyenge, underlined that the “Italian Africa Initiative” is meant to be not only an acknowledgment of what is being done, but also a tool to give new impetus and show, both in Italy and in Africa, the possibilities offered by a reinforced cooperation.

The project will involve the Governments, the private sector and the civil society. The goal is to show that, thanks to its know-how and the excellence of its industry, Italy is capable of contributing and participating to the positive dynamics taking place in the African continent.


More specifically, through this initiative Italy will promote economic forums focused on the areas of mutual interest (from energy to the environment, from agriculture to infrastructure); collaborations in the fields of institution-building, good governance and rule of law; cooperation in the cultural field (between Universities, research centers) and promotion of cultural and sport events.


 


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