Is Italy’s $6bn plan for Africa just PR-friendly neocolonialism?

The Mattei Plan was drawn up without any input from African leaders and is named after the controversial founder of Italy’s fossil fuels major. It is troubling that many African leaders who skipped theĀ G77+China Summit in Uganda last week flocked to Rome this week to attend the Italy-Africa Summit. Summoned by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to the grand Palazzo Madama, they were presented with the Mattei Plan for Africa. The operative word there is for Africa. As Moussa Faki Mahamat, chair of the African Union Commission, made clear to his credit, African leaders went to Rome unaware of the plan. … Continue reading Is Italy’s $6bn plan for Africa just PR-friendly neocolonialism?