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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Why Italy is giving priority to Africa’s development

Italy is paying closer attention to Africa in the conviction that there is a different continent from the one traditionally depicted as a land of poverty, disease and conflict. Africa is a young continent with enormous potential in terms of human capital. It is a continent which is not just a major supplier of raw materials, but also a market of 900 million consumers, with great potential for investment. On the political level, Africa has become a key partner in the dialogue on strategic issues such as energy security. And it is a vital partner in addressing global challenges, from climate change to combating terrorism. I was able to see this for myself during my visit to West Africa in February 2009, and I wish to find out more during my forthcoming visit to Mauritania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Of course, none of this means that the serious problems and many contradictions that afflict Africa are close to a solution. This is so, especially at a time when the continent’s development has been brought to a sharp halt by the economic-financial and food crises. There is an awareness that the EU-Africa partnership could be the right instrument to make it easier to achieve two goals: the creation of an African peace and security architecture, and the economic integration of the continent. There are essentially four directions to follow to develop the Europe-Africa partnership: security and peace-keeping; regional crises and forgotten conflicts; rights and democracy; and a new way to “do” development.

Source: Daily Nation