Africa and Middle East

International Affairs Institute (IAI, Rome) and OECD Development Centre Organise Informal Seminar on Economic Development in Africa: Outlook and Strategies, 28 May 2003, Rome


In the framework of the Global Outlook Initiative of the Laboratory on International political economy of the International Affairs Institute (IAI, Rome), the OECD Development Centre and IAI are organising an informal seminar on

'Economic Development in Africa: Outlook and strategies'
Wednesday, 28 May 2003
from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
International Affairs Institute,
Palazzo Rondinini, Rome

This informal seminar aims to disseminate the results of the AEO Report and inform the discussion within the G8 on how to meet the challenge of fostering African economic and social development. It will be chaired by Prof. Paolo Guerrieri (Vice President IAI) and organised around two sessions. In the first session, the Development Centre will present the African Economic Outlook (AEO) project and the results of the 2002/03 AEO Report, jointly produced with the African Development Bank.The second session will focus on Italy's development co-operation strategies towards Africa within the context of G8 initiatives (such as NEPAD), with a panel discussion featuring MP Alberto Michelini (special representative of the Italian Prime Minister to the G8 for Africa), Bruno Cabras (Executive Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Development Co-operation Directorate, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and Ambassador Francesco Olivieri (Ambassador, Permanent Rerpesentative of the Italian Delegation to the OECD).

Established in 1965, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), is a non-profit organization, funded by individual and corporate members, public and private organizations, major international foundations, and by a standing grant from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its main objective is to promote an understanding of the problems of international politics through research, meetings and publications, with the aim of increasing opportunities of all countries to move towards supranational organization, democratic freedom and social justice. Its Laboratory of International Political Economy looks into issues of the world economy and the internationalization of the Italian economy. A major activity of the Laboratory, the Global Outlook is a venue for debate, analysis and proposal on topics of special relevance for Italy's international action. The Global Outlook aims to provide analysis and information on major emerging issues; formulate economic/strategic scenarios in light of the changes underway in the international framework; identify short-medium term opportunities for Italian businesses at the international level.