The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, chaired the second meeting of the University Network for the Horn of Africa hosted at the Farnesina today. The initiative, which was strongly promoted by the Deputy Minister, was launched last January with the participation of 40 institutions, including universities, institutional offices, centres of studies on international relations and Italian and African organisations.
The meeting discussed and single out the priority sectors on which to focus the Network’s activities, especially in the area of health, the environment, the agribusiness, and new technologies. Del Re reaffirmed Italy’s commitment to the Horn of Africa while announcing the launch of the Network of Italian Universities for the Sahel and her intention to soon convene a first meeting with the universities and the research centres operating in the area.
The guest speakers at the second meeting of the University Network for the Horn of Africa included the Rector of the Somalia National University, Prof. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, whom the assembly appointed the Network’s Honorary Coordinator, who will be assisted by an Italian University to be identified.