Today the Farnesina hosts the meeting of the Plenary of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa(ICA), co-chaired by Italy, in its capacity as chair of the G7, and by the African Development Bank. The ICA is a forum that unites the member countries of the G7, G20 and of International Financial Institutions, with the aim of creating conditions favourable to infrastructure funding and to accelerating economic growth in the African continent, with a consequent relevant impact on the stability and security of the region and on the creation of migration flows.
This year, the Plenary session’s theme is “Toward the promotion of smart and integrated infrastructure for Africa: an agenda for digitalisation, decarbonisation and mobility”, constituting a moment in which to realise the political commitments for Africa set forth at the Taormina Summit. Invited to the Plenary are Tunisia and Kenya, to represent the infrastructure problems of North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Plenary will open with remarks by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mario Giro, and by the Vice President of the African Development Bank, Pierre Guislain, after a brief welcome greeting by the Assistant Director General of the Foreign Ministry Development Cooperation Directorate, Luca Maestripieri.
The session’s scheduled speakers are: the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, the African Union Commissioner for Energy, Amani Abou-Zeid, the Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation of Tunisia, Zied Ladhari, and the Cabinet Secretary of Transport and Infrastructure of Kenya, James Macharia.
The session will be followed by high-level discussion panels open to all the representatives of the Member Countries, international institutions, trade associations, financial institutions, Foundations and Italian and foreign companies. The panels will include the presentation of projects by Tunisia and Kenya and will explore the problems and opportunities arising from decarbonisation and green energy, urban and regional mobility and digitalisation. The programme will include the presentation of a survey commissioned by the Italian Presidency of the ICA, jointly conducted by the Polytechnic of Milan and Turin, which puts forth recommendations to achieve the goals set down by the United Nations 2030 Agenda.