A plan named after Eni founder. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced an intention to present a plan for Africa in October.
- As Meloni put it during a two-day visit to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Italy is “working on a series of initiatives regarding Africa, and the next Italy-Africa intergovernmental summit, which takes place every two years, will be the occasion to present our Mattei plan”.
The so-called “Mattei plan” is named after the founder of Italian energy group Eni Enrico Mattei. It aims to turn Italy into a major energy hub, distributing gas from North Africa and the Mediterranean to the rest of Europe.
The migrant issue. PM Meloni has also been advocating for Europe to increase aid and develop stronger bonds with Africa to reduce the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
- “We are collaborating with the African countries to ensure their voices are heard, and the proposed solutions are tailored to their needs.”, she added.
- Italy deems Ethiopia’s “stability and integrity” a priority, as it lies on the path between the Horn of Africa and Europe. Ethiopia currently houses 823,000 refugees and 4.2 million internally displaced people.