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Inside look: Hon. Lia Quartapelle’s recent activities as Head of AWEPA Italy

June-July 2015

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Rome, Italy – It has been a busy few months for Hon. Lia Quartapelle, Head of the Italian AWEPA Section. On 18 June 2015, the Italian Section presented the OECD report entitled “African Economic Outlook 2015” in the Italian Senate in Rome. This report, which analyses trends in the various African economies, documents increased growth in GDP across the majority of the continent.

The presentation ceremony was organised by the Società Italiana Geografica (SGI) and the Centro Relazioni con l’Africa (CRA), in collaboration with the Italian Committee on Foreign Affairs and AWEPA. It was attended by Italian parliamentarians and representatives of a number of organisations from both Italy and Africa.

Speakers at the event included Mr. Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre; Mr. Raffaello Cervigni, Regional Coordinator for Climate Change in the Africa region of the World Bank; and Hon. Quartapelle.

Describing Africa as “A land of opportunity and development”, Hon. Quartapelle stressed the importance of enhancing relations between Italy and the Continent. In her view,  “the Italian Parliament and Government must step up efforts to provide support to our companies as they enter new markets. We must do this in order to promote bilateral growth and, therefore, development in a region which is geographically close and of major interest to Italy.”

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In Parliament, too, Hon. Quartapelle continues her work to realise and promote AWEPA’s mission and core values.

She is currently undertaking a cognitive survey on emerging topics, challenges and new perspectives regarding development in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a special focus on migration challenges.

This work has, so far, led Hon. Quartapelle to conduct interviews with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ms. Monique Barbut; experts on the security framework in the Nigerian region; and representatives of Tunisian civil society.

It is hoped that these interviews will go towards increasing understanding of Sub-Saharan African development both within Italy and abroad.