Italy reveals its plans for Africa’s development

 Italy reveals its plans for Africa’s development

Italy reveals its plans for Africa’s development

At a summit of the leaders of the continent on Monday, Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni unveiled Italy ambitious development plan for Africa. Which aims to reduce the number of migrants. Diversify energy sources, and create a new, non-predatory relationship between Europe and Africa.

Top European and UN officials stated that the Italian plan. Which has an initial endowment of 5.5 billion euros ($5.95 billion), will supplement ongoing initiatives focusing on climate adaptation and the development of clean energy in Africa. Meloni referred to the summit as a successful first step.

The African Union Commission, however, exercised greater caution. Informing the summit that more hollow promises were not what they wanted. And that African nations would have preferred to have been consulted beforehand.

The government’s plan, named after Enrico Mattei. Founder of state-controlled oil and gas company Eni, seeks to expand cooperation with Africa beyond energy. And amounts to a new philosophy and method, Meloni said.

Asked at a closing news conference about the lack of consultation with African leaders. Meloni acknowledged she may have “erred” in being too specific in describing pilot projects in her introductory speech.

But she said the summit provided African leaders with a preliminary outline of Italy’s philosophy backed by concrete examples, that will be brought forward in a shared partnership.

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“The summit is fundamental for sharing not only the strategy but also. In short, the final definition of the project,” she said.

Two dozen African leaders, top EU and U.N. officials. And representatives from international lending institutions were in Rome for the summit. The first major event of Italy’s Group of Seven presidency.

Italy, which for decades has been ground zero in Europe’s migration debate, has been promoting its development plan as a way to create jobs and opportunity in Africa. And discourage its young people from making dangerous migrations across the Mediterranean Sea.

The plan involves pilot projects in areas such as education, health care, water, sanitation, agriculture and energy infrastructure.

Meloni, Italy’s first hard-right leader since the end of World War II, has made curbing migration a priority of her government.

However, the number of immigrants arriving in Italy increased significantly during her first year in office, Reaching approximately 160,000 last year.

The International Organization for Migration announced as the summit began that nearly 100 people had lost their lives or gone missing in the Mediterranean region so far this year, double the number that perished in the same period of last year. Which was the deadliest since 2016.

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