“Africa is very important for us. Indeed, it is perhaps the focus of our G7 presidency,” said Raffaele Trombetta, the senior Italian diplomat who has led behind-the-scenes negotiations on the G7 agenda with colleagues from the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France and Canada.
The Italian presidency of the G7 raised is concerned about the migrant crisis, caused by multiple conflicts in Africa, becoming increasingly alarming in view of the latest terroristic attack by a UK citizen from Libyan descent in Manchester.
At the moment, according to Bild newspaper, seven million Africans at Libyan coast are searching for a possibility to cross Mediterranean to reach Europe.
“We don’t just want to talk about crises, like migration and famine, but also to promote innovation in Africa and see what we can do to help,” – Trombetta continued. The Italian presidency invited leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, Tunisia to participate in the session on Innovation and Development in Africa, 27 of May, 2017, along with the African Union (AU), African Development Bank (AfDB).
The involvement of the emerging economies, of developing countries and of international organizations reflects a gradual evolution in the issues addressed by the G7. Initial interest in issues relating solely to financial stability and to macro-economic coordination were soon joined by an interest in other crucial themes ranging from development in Africa and climate change to food safety and the resolution of international crises.
It was Italy, in Genoa in 2001, that inaugurated the traditional by now “African segment” of the Summit, with dialogue sessions between the G7 leaders and the African countries invited by the Presidency.