Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire – Minister Gentiloni to visit the two countries on his African mission – On his agenda the relaunching of bilaterial economomic, political and security cooperation with an emphasis on migration

Minister Paolo Gentiloni has started a mission to Nigeria and to Cote d’Ivoire, two countries with great potential which generate major migration flows. Italy will be handling migration in accordance with the Migration Compact, a new approach promoted by the EU and in its capacity as the next member of the UN Security Council and the country holding the presidency of the G7.

Nigeria

As well as being the country with the largest population and the leading economy in the African continent, in Western Africa Nigeria is the largest source of illegal migrants to Italy. Minister Gentiloni will meet President Muhammadu Buhari and other ministers with the intention of strengthening political and security relationships, especially on migration, but also on judicial cooperation and the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

Minister Gentiloni, who is accompanied by representatives of major Italian companies, also intends to promote business and cooperation opportunities.

In Nigeria, which was visited by the President of the Council of Ministers, Matteo Renzi, in February 2016, Italy is represented in various sectors, including energy, infrastructure and logistics. But there is room for expanding Italy’s presence in agriculture and agrifood, infrastructure, energy and manufacturing.

Cote d’Ivoire

The visit to Cote d’Ivoire is no less important. The Minister’s mission here is to strengthen bilateral relations, especially in the economic sector, migration and in the fight against terrorism. It is also to highlight Italy’s interest in taking more business opportunities and expressing our availability to assisting the country on its economic development.The government of Cote d’Ivoire adopted a four-year plan in 2015 which aims to carry out structural and sectoral reforms for 45 billion euros between 2016-20. The government has raised about 14.5 billion euros from private foreign investors and about 11.7 billion euros from the public sector to pay for this. Within this framework, Minister Gentiloni will meet President Alassane Ouattara, the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Economy and the Minister of the Interior. The visit marks the end of the Minister’s mission to the Gulf of Guinea after meeting the Head of the State of Cameroon and the President of the Council of Senegal and Ghana.

Source: Farnesina