As president of the G20, Italy shows that it pays particular attention to the fundamental issues that concern not only Tanzania, but the entire African continent. This is the heart of the interview that Ambassador Liberata Rutageruka Mulamula released in the Vatican Radio studios, in recent days, on the occasion of the third edition of the Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference which brought together the delegations of the 54 African countries, the representatives of the African Union and of the other main African Regional Organizations, as well as a series of Italian institutional personalities, as well as representatives of the economic, business, academic and third sector worlds.
Three pillars of the appointment: “People, planet and prosperity”. They were referred to by the Ambassador Minister for Foreign Affairs and for Cooperation in East Africa of the United Republic of Tanzania. Ms. Mulamula also remarked on the statements of the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, in relation first of all to the problem of the equitable distribution of vaccines to be implemented quickly and effectively given that Africa, which hosts 17 percent of the world population, has received only 2 percent of the world’s vaccine production.
The ambassador praises the response that has come from Italy, that is the push to favor the development of an African pharmaceutical industry that makes it possible to value the innovation skills and experience of local researchers, as well as the Italian commitment online. with the EU to invest one billion euros to encourage the production of vaccines on the African continent. Lack of health security, negligible investments and too many economic interests, this, highlighted the ambassador, has characterized the fight against the virus in Africa and this is one of the most important issues together with food insecurity.
In this regard, the ambassador wanted to underline in the interview with Vatican Radio the need to focus on the development of the processing and conservation industries of local productions which, in addition to allowing greater regularity in the availability of foodstuffs, would guarantee farmers greater profitability. and it would tend to bring a large part of African countries to self-sufficiency as well as to export the surplus thus affecting the national GDP.
Ambassador Liberata Mulamula Rutageruka in this regard stressed how the dependence of many G20 countries on African raw materials and products bodes well for the desirable increase in cooperation with the international community. It is in these terms that – according to the ambassador – Africa can participate in the G20 summit as a reliable interlocutor and not as a spectator, as has happened in the past. Lastly, he underlines the global commitment to development: private individuals, civil organizations, partners: already Italy, he wanted to emphasize, has already made a significant contribution to professional training. The goal – he said – is to build a generation of young academics who can find good and stable employment, thus contributing to the process of economic, industrial and social development in Tanzania and in other African countries