ROME, Italy: MINISTER for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Mr January Makamba emphasised the importance of the Mattei Plan, saying it has considered the specific needs of Africa.
Minister Makamba said the new initiative is envisaged to bring appropriate results to the continent.
Mr Makamba, who is representing President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the Fourth Italy-Africa Summit of Heads of State of Africa and Italy in Rome emphasised the impact of the Mattei Plan in propelling the economy.
“The Mattei Plan will help many African countries and developing countries to eliminate challenges that delay development,” said Mr Makamba.
Speaking at the Fourth Italy-Africa Summit, Prime Minister of Italy, Mr Giorgia Meloni stated that the Mattei plan will address issues such as energy security, the use of alternative energy, infrastructure development, food security, education, vocational training, and the fight against illegal immigration.
“The Italian government expects to significantly contribute to the development of Africa through its New Mattei Plan,” said Meloni.
On his part, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr Moussa Mahamat, requested that Africa be given time to analyse the Mattei Plan before its implementation.
“We need to turn words into actions because we must discuss and determine the methods used to implement the proposed projects in the Mattei Plan to avoid being pleased with promises that are not fulfilled,” said Mahamat.
Among other things, the Fourth Italy-Africa Summit is aimed at improving the business and investment environment to increase the level of trade and investment between the two countries through the plan.
The purpose of the conference is to present Italy’s strategic plan that aims to review the country’s approach to the African continent.
High-level leaders from some African countries, ministers, senior officials from the European Union and the United Nations, representatives from international institutions and organisations, business leaders, and financial institutions participated in the ongoing summit in Rome, Italy.