Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is back to Nigeria from Taormina, Italy where he attended the 43rd Group of Seven (G7) Summit on Saturday together with four other African leaders. The G7 is comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the U.S.The 43rd Summit in Italy focused attention on opportunities and challenges in Africa and the implications for the international community.
The other African leaders present are Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Beji Essebsi of Tunisia, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, used the occasion of Summit to appeal to world leaders to invest in technology, education and capacity building of youths in Africa. He also called for a reinforcement of the Partnership between the G7 and Africa.
The Secretary-General also reminded the international community of it’s role to play in integrating Africa in the world’s next wave of industrialisation.
“Failing to do so might have dramatic consequences on the well-being of the people of Africa; increase fragility, causing massive displacement and risking to boost unemployment, especially for young people,”
He also reminded the summit of Africa’s improved competitiveness and conducive business environments.
“Our shared challenge is to build on these gains and to change the narrative about Africa – from situation-based narrative to an opportunities-based narrative. We know that the full and true story of Africa is that of a continent with enormous potential for success. Africa has the fastest growing youth population in the world, which must be supported with education and training in tomorrow’s jobs,’’
He called for the global community to encourage moving manufacturing in Africa as well as invest in infrastructure.
“Smart digital platforms, smart grids, smart logistics infrastructure can link urban and rural, and better connect the people of Africa to each other and the world,”
He said the global community has a role to play to help Africa achieve Agenda 2063, the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s framework for socio-economic transformation.
Meanwhile, in the lead up to the meeting, The U.N. Children’s Fund urged G-7 leaders to adopt an action plan to keep refugee and migrant children safe.
Children in Italy symbolically rescued paper boats to send a message to the G7summit to safeguard children caught up in the migrant crises