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Taormina G7 reflects upon Africa

On the second day of the G7 Summit the leaders of powerful world economies met African heads of state in a debate devoted to problems of the continent, however the Italian presidency did not succeed in fixing the focus of Africa, while the Summit has been  overshadowed by counter terrorism and radicalization in wake of the Manchester attack, performed by a UK citizen from Libyan descent.

Italian presidency asked the leaders of Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger, Ethiopia and Kenya to take part in the in-depth debate on Africa in the morning session. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend the forum, leaving on Friday evening, 26.05.2017, to continue with activities in the aftermath of the Manchester attack.

Italy had insisted on Africa as the major focus of the annual G7 meeting, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years crossing the Mediterranean pursuing their ‘European dream’.

The EU relocation scheme failed as the member-states are openly, like Hungary’s Prime minister Victor Orban,  or discreetly as the V4 group countries, resisting the idea of settling strangers from conflict zones, fearing criminality and jihadi infiltration.

After the assassination of the Colonel Gaddafi Lybia became noman’s land, dominated by multiple terroristic groups from Africa and Middle East. From Al Qaeda and Islamic State to Boko Haram and Al Shabaab, there is hardly any assembly of religious fanatics which is not represented on wast territories, disputed by local chiefs of 250 tribes. So far the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has not been able to ensure security for the diplomats, operating from near-by countries, except for Italian Embassy, bombed in January this year (21.01.2017). As a failed state Libya functions as a broad open gate for the flows of migrants, eager to leave Africa for new life in Europe.

At the moment, according to the reported, leaked German newspaper Bilt , there are around seven million African migrants, aiming to cross Mediterranean for Italian shores.

 

Italy to promote Africa at G7 Taormina

 

“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.