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Italy-Africa Summit Commences in Rome

Italy-Africa Summit Commences in Rome

Italy-Africa Summit Commences in Rome with President Mnangagwa’s Address on Zimbabwe’s Perspectives. The Italy-Africa summit commenced this morning in Rome, Italy, with President Mnangagwa scheduled to deliver Zimbabwe’s stance on the partnership between Rome and the African continent later in the afternoon.

President Mnangagwa has joined numerous global leaders for the inaugural summit, traditionally held at the Ministerial level. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni presented her nation’s strategic blueprint for Africa, highlighting various initiatives aimed at the mutual advancement of Italy and the African continent.

During her address, Prime Minister Meloni emphasized Africa’s rich potential, citing its abundant mineral resources, vast arable land (comprising 60 percent of the world’s total), and significant human capital. She outlined diverse collaboration opportunities in education, mining, technology, and research, underscoring the potential for cooperation between Italy and Africa.

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Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Muhammad, stressed the importance of a partnership founded on mutual respect and freedom of choice. He emphasized Africa’s stance of seeking collaboration rather than handouts, advocating for mutually beneficial cooperation between the two regions.

President Mnangagwa is slated to engage in bilateral discussions with various leaders during the summit. Accompanying him are key officials including Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Frederick Shava, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister Dr. Anxious Masuka, Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube, Deputy Chief Secretary (Presidential Communications) in the Office of the President and Cabinet Mr. George Charamba, and other senior government representatives.

The summit aims to bolster the Second Republic’s efforts to achieve energy sufficiency for sustainable economic development.

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