(AGI) Rome, Nov 19 - Italy is promoting its culture in Africapredominantly through its cultural institutes in Addis Abeba,Nairobi, and Pretoria, where the activity in 2014 has focusedon music and cinema. Among the numerous projects, the "Jazz inAfrica" initiative stands out. Financed by the Italian foreignministry, it allows the best Italian jazz artists to perform invarious African capitals. The picture of Italian culture inAfrica was painted by the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs,Mario Giro, during the "Africa and Italy: From Culture toEthnology" conference held in Rome's Villa Madama with theparticipation of Senegalese President Macki Sall. Giroexpressed his wish to "see the number of Italian languagestudents grow" in Sub-Saharan Africa, where there are only13,000 compared to 150,000 in the Maghreb. Archeological andanthropological missions are another "precious instrument ofcultural diplomacy", Giro noted, as they "strengthen reciprocalexchange and bilateral relations". .