Pi News –
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni initiated a summit on Monday with African leaders, EU and UN officials and representatives of international credit organizations to announce Italy’s comprehensive development plan for Africa.
The main goal is to solve migration problems and establish new relations between Europe and Africa.
Italy, which has long been at the center of Europe’s migration discourse, aims to create safe economic conditions on the continent by stemming dangerous migration across the Mediterranean through its development plan.
Despite his staunch right-wing stance, Meloni’s first year in power has seen a surge in arrivals, with an estimated 160,000 arriving on Italian shores last year.
The government’s strategy, named after Enrico Mattei, the founder of state-run Eni, expands cooperation with Africa in a new way beyond energy. Mattei’s plan includes pilot projects in education, health, water, sanitation, agriculture and infrastructure.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni emphasized the unique approach of this plan, saying: “The basis of Mattei’s plan is a new approach – non-predatory, non-paternal, but not philanthropic either. It is an approach of equality, of co-growth “, he said in an interview. with the state-owned station RAI.
Italy, a former colonial power in North Africa, has previously hosted ministerial-level African meetings, while Monday’s summit was the first at the level of a head of state or government. The Italian Senate hosted the event and emphasized the commitment of all Italian public institutions to the project.
The summit included presentations by Italian ministers detailing various aspects of Mattei’s plan, followed by a gala dinner hosted by President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday evening.
However, not everyone is on board with the plan. Italian Green and opposition MPs staged a counter-conference in parliament, denouncing Mattei’s plan as a neocolonial “empty box” seeking to exploit Africa’s natural resources.
In addition to the Mattei plan, Meloni’s government has drawn up controversial deals with individual countries to ease the burden of migration.
The EU agreement with Tunisia aims to reduce the number of migrants heading to Europe through economic development projects and legal migration opportunities. The bilateral agreement with Albania also includes the establishment of centers in Albania to process asylum requests for migrants rescued at sea, reflecting the multifaceted approach Italy is taking to address migration issues.