Italy–Africa Conference Economic development, migration, sustainability

23.05.2016 11:20



Africa has been one of the world’s fastest growing regions since the beginning of the new millennium, even though this overall trend weakened over the last two years. 
Better relations between Italy and Africa are essential to cope with common problems and find mutually beneficial solutions.

To this aim, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in cooperation with ISPI, launched the First Italy–Africa Ministerial Conference. 40 ministers, over 300 top representatives from 50 countries and 15 International organisations joined the event which took place on 18 May (see the programme).

The one–day conference offered the opportunity to tackle the most relevant issues in four working sessions. The panel on "Economic sustainability" discussed common strategies for infrastructural development, economic diversification and promotion of intra–African trade while the second session focused on how to balance Africa’s economic growth with better environmental and social sustainability. The demographic, economic and political dimensions of African migrations were put under the spotlight during the third session. Finally, the issues of peace–keeping, peace–building and institution–building were addressed by the "Peace and security" panel to strengthen African ownership in crisis resolution processes.

ISPI Background Papers


ISPI Report







Sergio Mattarella
President of the Italian Republic





Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Chairperson, AU Commission







Matteo Renzi
President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic







Paolo Gentiloni
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation







Maged Abdelfatah Abdelaziz
Under–Secretary–General, UN Special Adviser of the Secretary General on Africa







Adnan Amin
Director General, IRENA







Morlaye Bangoura
Commissioner for Energy and Mines, ECOWAS







Giovanni Carbone
ISPI Senior Associate Research Fellow and Associate Professor, University of Milan







Mahboub Maalim
Executive Secretary, IGAD







Stefano Manservisi
Director General, DEVCO, European Commission







Giovanni Carbone
ISPI Senior Associate Research Fellow and Associate Professor, University of Milan