ROME, JANUARY 24 – Italian Cooperation changed gears, and is now now travelling with more impetus and more resources towards globalized countries, markets and populations. The consideration that international cooperation was a luxury that a country like Italy could not afford has given way to a new way of thought: committing resources towards economic development and a more equal globalization, the defense of human rights and the battle against climate change are the funding blocks of Italy’s foreign policy.
Two days of high-level meetings, round tables, debates and in-depth analyses in Rome took stock of the Italian cooperation service and presented it to the world of communication, public opinion and especially to youth. Today and tomorrow, the Sala Santa Cecilia Due Hall of Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica housed the National Conference on Development Cooperation entitled: “Novelties and the Future: the Italian World of Cooperation”.
“We are a great Western country who managed to reconcile solidarity and security”, said the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano. Alfano said that “the tragedy of Lampedusa changed my personal destiny, but not just that. It changed Italy’s destiny and the approach to migrations of the entire European Union”.
Organised by the Foreign Ministry and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the Conference promoted a debate between Institutions, NGOs, the private sector, and the academic world for a purpose: show how this sector can offer interesting employment opportunities and represent an important experience in building “global citizenship”.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, opened the conference with the following remarks: “Cooperation is one of the most relevant strategic factors in the government’s action and in the image [of Italy] projected abroad”, in addition to being “a key instrument in conflict prevention.”
In the new strategy, which also involves the private sector and the Cassa depositi e Prestiti as the financial institution for cooperation activities, Italy is currently the fourth-ranking donor among the G7 Countries, in percentage terms. Moreover, this sector has recently created new job opportunities at a 10% annual growth trend and with 16,000 new jobs in 2015. (@OnuItalia)