On Wednesday, 18 May at 9:30 a.m., the Farnesina will host the First Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in conjunction with the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).
The Rome-based conference is due to unite 45 ministers from an equal number of African Countries, their Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York and the top representatives of around 15 International and Regional Organisations of the UN System.
The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will open the plenary session and will be followed by speeches by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni and Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chad (rotating presidency of the rotating Council of the African Union). The conference will be closed by the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. Closing remarks will also be made by the President of the African Union Commission, Dlamini Zuma, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Energy, Elaham Ibrahim, and Director General of FAO, Jose Graziano da Silva.
The conference will be broken down into a general assembly and in the following four thematic panels
· Economic Sustainability – Italy-Africa, the challenges of a shared growth
· Socio-environmental Sustainability – The Environment and Social Development. The 2030 Agenda and a new integrated approach
· Sustainability of the migration phenomenon – For a new model of dialogue
· Peace and security – Peace keeping, peace building and African ownership
The Conference has scheduled the following press opportunities:
· 9:30 a.m. – opening session (all media representatives)
· 3:00 p.m. – family photo (photographers and TV crews)
· 4:15 p.m. – closing session (all media representatives)
For logistic reasons, journalists will be able to follow the opening and closing sessions in the listening room while photographers and TV crews will be allowed into the conference hall.
Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the event are requested to apply for online accreditation by filling the interactive form at the link http://mae.accreditationsystem.info/ITA/Indice.asp, attaching thereto, unless already provided, the information requested in digital format (letter from the media organisation and, for representatives of foreign media, also a Note Verbal released by the Embassy in Rome of the media organisation’s Country).
If it is not possible to complete the online accreditation procedure, applications should be sent by email to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s Institutional Press and Communication Service at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org (tel. + 39 06/3691.3432 or 06/3691.307006/3691.3070).
Accredited journalists, photographers and TV crews should enter the Ministry from the rear entrance on Via della Macchia della Farnesina at the following time slots:
- 8:15 –9:00 a.m. for the opening session
- 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. for the family photo (only photographers and TV crews)
- 3:15 – 3:45 p.m. for the closing session
To apply for a permit to position a satellite truck, the licence plate number and truck model must be sent along with the personal data of crew members to the following address email@example.com (tel. + 39 06/3691.3432-8573-8210) by and no later than 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 17 May.
After receiving authorisation, the satellite trucks can be positioned between Via Tommaso Tittoni and Viale Alberto Blanc (in correspondence with the Olympic-Stadium side entrance to the Ministry) on Tuesday 17 May at 3:00 p.m.