Milan's Expo dedicates a week to Africa

Events focus on 10 sustainable development projects

(ANSA) - Milan, October 22 - Milan's Expo launched a week dedicated to Africa on Thursday, with events focused around ten winning projects in the world fair's "Energy, Art & Sustainability for Africa" competition.
    The winning projects cover Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, Morocco, Tanzania, Togo and Tunisia. "Sustainability plays a fundamental role in Africa," said Giovanna Bianchi from oil major Eni, who sponsored the initiative.
    "At Expo we want to explain our responsible approach to business in Africa, where we are working to encourage integration and respect for human rights and the environment," she said.
    One of the projects is on a solar-energy powered oven in Tunisia, built using recycled materials. Another looks at renewable energy in Madagascar including solar, wind and biomass.
    Africa is the most well-represented continent at the Expo, according to the general manager for countries taking part in the fair, Stefano Gatti.
    With 39 African countries present, they make up a third of the total number of participants. A total of 14 African heads of state have also attended the fair, which started in May.


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