Policy Briefs

F. Bontadini, V. Meliciani, M. Savona, R. Urbani, A. Wirkierman – European and Italian strategic dependencies for the twin transition: strengthening trade relationships with Africa

This policy brief shows Europe and Italy’s position in the green and digital value chains and identifies in which areas strengthening trade relationships with Africa would help Europe to increase its open strategic autonomy. We also suggest that Italy and Europe should rely on a comprehensive strategy, concentrating resources to increase the manufacture of selected intermediate and final products and, at the same time, diversifying imports of raw materials and building stronger relationships with African countries. In so doing, Europe should implement inclusive policies that not only support its open strategic autonomy but also broadly facilitate technology transfer and favour the upgrading of economic activities in African countries.

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