Please plan your itinerary ahead of time to ensure you arrive at the venue at least 1–1.5 hours before the start of the event you would like to attend.

Schedule at least 30 minutes for security screening.

ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre

The main events of the Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum will take place at the ExpoForum Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Address64/1, Peterburgskoye Shosse, St. Petersburg

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ExpoForum is a modern convention and exhibition centre built in accordance with the standards of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI). It consists of: three exhibition pavilions, convention centre with a total holding capacity of 30,000 people (68 conference halls), business centre, cafes, restaurants and other such infrastructural amenities.

The ExpoForum Exhibition and Convention Centre offers great opportunities for organizing a plenary session hall and a number of spaces for various formats of protocol events involving international delegations at a single site.

A covered gallery connects the pavilions and the Сongress Сentre, allowing visitors to move comfortably within the complex. The pavilions are interconnected by glazed passages.

A barrier-free environment has been created in the pavilions and parking areas of the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre for people with limited mobility. The facility is equipped with ramps and lifts that allow unimpeded access to any point of the venue.

ExpoForum is close to the city’s main transport arteries: the St. Petersburg ring road, the Moscow – St. Petersburg highway, and the North-West High-Speed Diameter, as well as Pulkovskoye Shosse and Peterburgskoye Shosse.

The ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre is close to St. Petersburg’s cultural and historic landmarks. Catherine Palace (in Tsarskoe Selo) and Pavlovsk Palace (in Pavlovsk), each complete with park and garden, are just a short distance away. Peterhof State Museum Preserve (in Peterhof) and Konstantinovsky Palace (in Strelna) are both within half an hour’s drive of ExpoForum.

“We highly value the results of our joint work at the summit. I am sure the achieved results are creating a good foundation for further deepening the Russia-Africa partnership in the interests of our nations’ prosperity and wellbeing.”

President of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Putin

The Russia–Africa Summit, which is taking place in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019, encapsulates the historically friendly relations between the African continent and the Russian Federation. This Summit carries great significance as it is the first of its kind to emerge during a period of major global and international transformations. In response to the aspirations of the people it is representing, the Summit intends to build a comprehensive framework for expanding Russian–African relations into broader horizons of joint cooperation across different fields.

The African nations and Russia share a common understanding of international relations, based on the principles of respect for the rule of international law, equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, and the peaceful resolution of disputes. Both sides affirm their commitment to support multilateral actions to oppose new international threats, be they terrorism and extremism in all their forms, or declining growth rates. The two sides share a firm conviction regarding the importance of developing trade flows and supporting mutual investment in such a way as to ensure security, peace and development for the African and Russian people.

African countries have huge potential and opportunities that will allow them, once efforts to streamline their economies have been achieved, to emerge as real global players. In recent years, the nations of this continent have achieved major successes spanning the political, economic, social and administrative spheres. Africa has flourished in terms of growth over the past decade, reaching a continent-wide growth rate of 3.55% in 2018.

The African Union Summit, which was held in Niger in July 2019, continued the efforts of the African countries and saw the African Continental Free Trade Agreement come into force, along with its operational instruments. The agreement is one of the key objectives of Agenda 2063, an African development strategy that has been created to address the African people’s desire for prosperity and decent living standards.

These successes are opening up wide-ranging prospects for cooperation between African countries and the Russian Federation, and confirm the determination of African governments and their people to cooperate with multiple partners in order to establish mutually beneficial relations.

With this in mind, we express our hopes that the Russia–Africa Summit will help in the establishment of constructive strategic relations, based on partnership between two sides across various fields, and in the service of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the African people and their friends in Russia.

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Abdelfattah ALSISI