Today marks the opening of "Meetings with Africa," the third edition of the Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference. It will bring together in Rome delegations from about 50 African countries, representatives of the African Union and other major African regional organisations, and Italian institutional figures and representatives of the economic, business, academic and third sector worlds.
This year, the event is part of the Italian G20 Presidency. It will focus on its three pillars, "People, Planet, Prosperity", also linking up with the partnership with the United Kingdom for COP26.
The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will open the day's proceedings on Friday 8 October, followed by speeches in the inaugural plenary session by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the USG and Executive Secretary of the UN/UNECA Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe, the President of COP26, Alok Sharma, the President of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, Mario Monti, and the President of the B20, Emma Marcegaglia.
After the plenary session, four interactive thematic panels (two simultaneously in the morning and two in the afternoon) - with the participation, among others, of the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marina Sereni - will offer participants a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on the topics of renewable energy, energy transition, the environment, green finance and sustainable development. In the afternoon, there will also be a special round table dedicated to the blue economy.
The conference will be closed in a plenary session by Minister Di Maio.
On the sidelines of the proceedings, Minister Di Maio and Vice Minister Sereni will be holding several bilateral meetings with their counterparts from African countries.