The Russia–Africa Summit will be held on 23–24 October 2019 at the Olympic Park Main Media Centre in Sochi and will be co-chaired by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who also heads the African Union.
Russia–Africa Summit is the first event of this level in the history of Russian-African relations, with the heads of all states of the African continent invited, as well as leaders of major subregional associations and organisations.
At the Summit, special attention will be paid to the current state and prospects of Russia’s relations with African countries and to the expansion of the political, economic, technical and cultural cooperation. It is planned to discuss a wide range of issues on the international agenda, including joint response to new challenges and threats, and strengthening of the regional stability.
The Summit participants will discuss the promotion of Russia’s agenda in Africa, Africa’s role in the international financial system, export and investment as well as security challenges, etc.
The Summit will also include the Russia–Africa Economic Forum, which will serve as an important and much-needed step towards creating favourable conditions for promoting trade and economic relations with African countries and will also facilitate the diversification of the forms and focuses of Russian–African cooperation.
Over 40 African heads of state, Russian, regional and international business leaders, and representatives of government agencies and integration associations from Africa will attend the events.
The business programme will include a plenary session and a series of roundtables and panel discussions.
Participants will discuss the following topics: the role of Russia’s agenda in Africa and its promotion, Africa’s role in the international financial system, expanding cooperation, export and investment, as well as security challenges.
A set of important trade-, economy- and investment-related agreements, as well as a number of other multilateral documents are scheduled to be signed. They will result in the First Russia–Africa Summit Declaration and wide government and public support for cross-country cooperation.
Participants will also be treated to eventful cultural and sports programmes.