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Italy takes centre stage at the Cape Town Art Fair Italy takes centre stage at the Cape Town Art Fair The Investec Cape Town Art Fair – ICTAF, kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa, today. It is an event that only after a few years is now positioned as one of the most...
 Second edition of the conference ‘A Shared Responsibility for a Common Goal - Solidarity and Security’ Second edition of the conference ‘A Shared Responsibility for a Common Goal - Solidarity and Security’Upon the initiative of the Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, African and European Countries of transit and destination of migration flows are meeting at the Farnesina today...
“I am very pleased with the overall budget of the first joint committee of 2018, which approved 42 projects for a total of about 265 million euros”“I am very pleased with the overall budget of the first joint committee of 2018, which approved 42 projects for a total of about 265 million euros, with 95 earmarked for aid credit and 150 as voluntary funding...
 “Novelties and the Future: the Italian World of Cooperation” “Novelties and the Future: the Italian World of Cooperation”“Let’s help each other mutually, because any development project is also a co-development project in which both parties grow and have an opportunity to improve,” said...
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While Africa today offers a growing range of opportunities it also poses challenges to global security and to the common interests of the international community, and as a result of its geographic proximity, these opportunities and challenges are of direct concern to Europe, and to Italy in particular.

The opportunities are linked with the major economic potential of the continent, where GDP growth is over 5% annually, and by the interests this is raising, which range from its not yet fully unexploited natural resources and the potential of its markets, which need to be better integrated into current world economy circuits, to regional and sub-regional demands for effective security systems and economic cooperation capable of producing solid development policies. From a political standpoint it is impossible to ignore the slow but gradual spread of systems of government based on democratic principles and free elections (Congo stands as a good example of all of these).

The challenges, on the other hand, derive from a series of ongoing armed conflicts (often embittered by ethnic/religious differences) and the role played in these by non-State entities funded by the profits of trafficking in mineral resources and weapons, and by often highly precarious basic economic conditions, complex demographic realities and their consequent migratory pressures, the effects of desertification on world ecological balances and large-scale health and humanitarian emergencies.

The United Nations Security Council devotes a major portion of its sessions (approximately two-thirds) to crisis situations in Africa. The problems of poverty in Africa, and of debt in less advanced countries, have long been of concern to the European Union, the G8 and international financial institutions, among others, but this attention has not resulted in recent years in an adequate mobilization of resources by industrialized countries partly as a result of coincident crises in other parts of the world and the commitment required to confront them as well.


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