by Velia Iacovino

The Summit is the first international event to be held in Italy since the beginning of its G7 Presidency, attesting to the importance Italy attributes to its partnership with African Countries. This is, in fact, the first time that the Italy-Africa Conference is being held as a Summit of Heads of State and Government, having been held only at ministerial level until now.

The Summit began yesterday with a dinner offered by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, who received the Heads of Delegations at the Quirinale Palace. The working sessions will continue today, 29 January, at Palazzo Madama, seat of the Italian Senate.

Government and Ministers of African Countries, together with representatives of the African Union and European Union. The main international organisations will also be participating, starting with the UN, international financial institutions and multilateral development banks.

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