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The Italian President in Africa

Diplomatic mission to Ivory Coast and Ghana

The official visit of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (2 – 4 April) and the Republic of Ghana (4 – 6 April) has come to an end. The Italian Head of State undertook this trip with the aim of strengthening ties and deepening cooperation with the continent’s countries.

Ivory Coast: first stop

The President of the Italian Republic arrived in Abidjan, the vibrant economic capital of the Ivory Coast, for the first ever visit of an Italian Head of State to the country. With President Alassane Ouattara, Mattarella discussed a number of crucial issues, including energy and immigration.


The fight against illegal immigration emerged as a shared priority, with both leaders committed to promoting a fair and legally binding approach to immigration.

Energy cooperation: a strategic partnership

President Mattarella reaffirmed Italy’s commitment to promoting solid collaboration in the energy sector. The presence of the Italian giant Eni in the African country testifies to the importance of this partnership. Significant oil discovery such as ‘Baleine’ and ‘Calao’ has opened up new opportunities for both countries, enabling Ivory Coast to emerge as a key player in the regional and international energy market.

Focus on education and social development

In addition to economic issues, President Mattarella showed a strong interest in education and social development. Through cooperation with organisations such as the Italian NGO AVSI, Italy is supporting educational projects in Ivory Coast. The President also visited the Centre of the Community of Sant’Egidio, whose activities extend to several Ivorian cities with initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of communities.

In Ghana: a pilot project for legal immigration

Continuing his trip, President Mattarella headed to Ghana, where he visited an innovative pilot project for legal immigration. Through cooperation with Confindustria Alto Adriatico and a Salesian professional centre, a safe and regular channel for the arrival of workers in Italy is being created, helping to prevent the tragic phenomenon of illegal immigration across the Mediterranean.

Remembering the victims of the slave trade

During his stay in Ghana, President Mattarella paid homage to the victims of the slave trade at Christiansborg Castle, one of the many on the Atlantic coast from which slave ships used to depart. A place, symbolic of the painful history of West Africa. This gesture underlined the importance of honouring historical memory and engaging in the fight against all forms of discrimination and injustice.

Strengthening ties and addressing global challenges

President Mattarella’s diplomatic mission to Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana highlighted Italy’s commitment to strengthening relations with the African continent. Mattei Plan, ENI, regular migratory flows, the expectations are many.



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