Summit’s Final Day Under Way

The impact of the economic crisis on the African continent and food security are the main items on the agenda for the final day of the L’Aquila G8 Summit. Africa and the impact that the global recession is making on the continent are at the centre of the working breakfast held from 8.30 to 10.00 am and attended by the leaders of Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and the African Union Commission in addition to the G8 Heads of State and Government. The IEA, World Bank, IMF, ILO, OECD, WTO and UN representatives are also attending the breakfast.

The second half of the morning will be given over to the 2009 G8 Summit’s final working session, at which all the L’Aquila Summit’s participants will be mustered around the same table to address the topic of food security, as always with a special eye to the African continent. So from the meetings in G8 format held on day one via the G8 meetings extended to take in the G5 and Egypt on day two, the final working session expands to include a total of 40 delegations representing almost 90% of the world economy and the main International Organizations.

The G8 Presidency’s concluding press conference is scheduled for 1.00 pm, when Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will illustrate the Chair’s Summary, the L’Aquila G8 Summit’s final paper.