Italy’s Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Maria Tripodi has opened, on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani, the event promoted by CISL (the Italian Confederation of Trade Unions) in Rome to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Trade Unions Institute for Development Cooperation ISCOS.
“The Cooperation’s objective of fostering sustainable development in our partner countries also impacts on Italy’s own development and security,” said Tripodi, adding that “for this reason, the new approach adopted by the Italian Cooperation, to which the Government under the leadership of President Meloni has been dedicated since it took office, aims at fostering a dialogue among equals with partner countries, based on mutual respect, converging interests and the need to work together.”
Cooperation is an essential pillar of the Rome Process, launched by the International Conference on Development and Migration on 23 July, and of the Mattei Plan for Africa, a continent at the heart of Italy’s cooperation priorities,” the Undersecretary continued. “In Africa, we prioritise job-oriented training, to create decent employment opportunities and facilitate employment in Italian and local companies in key sectors for our production system, such as textiles, agribusiness, tourism and renewable energy,” Tripodi continued.
Finally, the Undersecretary recalled how the values of solidarity, justice and equality that inspire the actors of international cooperation are also fundamental values for Italy, as they are deeply engraved in the Italian Constitution.