The Minister Paolo Gentiloni started a mission in Nigeria and CAte d’Ivoire, two countries with great potential, which, however, also originate flows of migrants.Flows that Italy intends to deal with the new approach promoted in the EU with the Migration Compact, as well as the next member of the UN Security Council and the incoming Presidency of the G7.
Besides being the most populous country and the first economy of the continent, in West Africa, Nigeria is the first source of irregular migrants arriving in Italy. And Gentiloni’s agenda meetings with the President Muhammadu Buhari and with various Ministers, just to promote the strengthening of political relations and security, especially on migration, as well as judicial cooperation, the fight against terrorism and organized crime.
Minister Gentiloni, who is accompanied on the mission by representatives of major Italian companies, also aims to promote business opportunities and cooperation.
In Nigeria, where the President of the Council Matteo Renzi was visiting in February 2016, Italy is present in various sectors, including the ‘energy, infrastructure and logistics. But there is room to boost the Italian presence in sectors such as agriculture and agro-industry, infrastructure, energy and manufacturing industry.
No less important is the stage in the Ivory Coast, where the mission of the Minister aims to strengthen bilateral relations especially in the economic, the fight against terrorism and migration. But also to highlight Italy’s interest to increase business opportunities and readiness to assist the country in its process of economic development.
A development that is based on a plan adopted in December 2015 by the Ivorian government and that in the four years from 2016 to 2020 foresees the creation of structural and sectoral reforms in the amount of about 45 billion euros. To finance interventions under the Plan, the Government has raised about 14.5 billion euros from foreign private investors and about 11.7 billion euros by the public sector.
In this framework, Gentiloni meet with President Alassane Ouattara, Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Daniel Kablan Duncan and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Interior, in a step that marks the natural completion of Italian visits in the Gulf of Guinea, after those of the Head of State of Cameroon and President of the Council in Senegal and Ghana.