EUROPE-CHINA-AFRICA: SANT’EGIDIO, "A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR THE WHOLE WORLD"

Africa’s development – in partnership with China and Europe – is a key element in the economic growth of the whole world: this is the concept that has been repeated today by several voices, during the final press conference of the workshop promoted in Rome yesterday and today by Comunità di Sant’Egidio, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute of Studies on Western Asia and Africa, and the Acedamy of Social Science of China, about: "Europe, China and Africa: new ways for international development", with guests from the political, economic and cultural worlds. An event organised "to get a better understanding of what steps should be taken together as to development, peace, migration", explained Marco Impagliazzo, president of Comunità di Sant’Egidio. Boureima Badini, ex Minister of Justice of Burkina Faso and current representative of mediators in the Ivory Coast crisis, called for "a new approach to Africa and a change in the view Africans have of themselves": no more "patronising" and excessive welfarism, he said, "now we must use aids to do without others" and "combine traditional practices with Western democracy". "We Africans are glad about the Chinese coming to Africa – he stated – but China must be aware that Africans want to be treated as equals". (continued)

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