Improving Italian knowledge of business opportunities in Africa is the objective of the “Italy & Africa Partners in Business” Forum organised by the Ministry of Economic Development in collaboration with the foreign ministry for 25 and 26 June on Rome’s Capitol Hill. Over 20 African ministers of trade and industry will be participating along with 200 Italian companies operating in the sectors of energy, infrastructure, transport, agri-industry and raw materials. The Forum is the opening event for the Ministry of Economic Development’s Africa Plan in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and follows closely after the first “Country Presentations” on Angola and Nigeria recently held by the foreign ministry.
The Forum will be opened by Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno, Secretary of State Stefania Craxi and Deputy Minister for Economic Development Adolfo Urso. Speeches will follow by the African ministers, Vice President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani, President of the Marches Region Gian Mario Spacca, President of SIMEST Giancarlo Lanna, CEO of SACE, Alessandro Castellano, Vice President of the Confindustria Paolo Zegna and President of the Community of Sant'Egidio Andrea Riccardi.
Two work sessions will be held on Thursday 25 June on investments in Africa and on infrastructure and transport, participants in which will include ABI, ICE, SIMEST, Unicredit, Intesa Sanpaolo, Fiat, Finmeccanica, ANCE, the World Bank and UNIDO. One session will be held on Friday 26 June on agricultural and mineral raw materials, with participants including WFP, IFAD, CONFAPI, Confagricoltura and FAO. Minister for Economic Development Claudio Scajola will close the Forum.