The Russia–Africa Economic Forum and Summit press centre is a modern, interactive venue offering a convenient working environment for the Media. It is located on the second floor of the Sirius Park of Science and Art .

Media representatives and participants accredited for the Russia–Africa Summit may access the press centre.

22 October 12:00–20:00
23–24 October 08:00–24:00

Work stations for media representatives

Media work area

Total area: 937 m2

Location: press centre (second floor of the Main Media Centre)

Capacity: 344 seats


Work area for media representatives offering 172 pre-equipped work stations, as well as 172 stations where users can connect their own equipment. Work stations will not be assigned to individual journalists or media organizations.

Please note: live broadcasts of the key Forum and Summit events will take place in the media work area.

Rooms for press events

In order to ensure that media representatives enjoy a convenient working environment, in addition to the media work area, the Forum and Summit venue will also have rooms available for press conferences, briefings and signing ceremonies, as well as interview rooms and press points.

Press conference hall

Total area: 235 m2

Location: press centre (second floor of the Main Media Centre)

Capacity: 100 seats, 6-seat panel area

Press event hall

Total area: 159 m2

Location: literary halls area (second floor of the Main Media Centre)

Capacity: 60 seats, 5-seat panel area

For more detail about services and terms, please visit the organizing and holding of press events section.

Room for speakers and interviews

Location: literary halls area (second floor of the Main Media Centre)

Total area: 42 m2

Equipment: sofa, armchair, coffee table, 12 chairs, lighting equipment.

A separate room for conducting individual interviews with Russia–Africa Economic Forum and Summit participants. The maximum time allowed for any interview is 45 minutes.

Press point
Location To the left of the Dostoevsky Conference Hall
(second floor of the Main Media Centre)

Purpose: communication between participants in the official programme and media representatives. Press points are designed in the Forum’s brand style and equipped with PA and lighting systems.


Image hosting agency


The image hosting agency (Russian News Agency TASS) takes photographs of all official events at the Russia–Africa Economic Forum. Photographic materials are quickly posted online on the official Forum website and are available for viewing. Any of the photos may be downloaded for free. Media representatives may use the photographic materials for their professional activities but they MUST provide a reference to the Russia–Africa Economic Forum.


The Roscongress Foundation takes photographs of all business, cultural and sporting programme events at the Russia–Africa Economic Forum. Photos are uploaded to the Roscongress Photo Bank in real time. To make searches more convenient, photo albums may be sorted by headings and the dates they were taken. Images are available for viewing and free download in high resolution, but a reference to the Roscongress Foundation must be provided.

Information services

Information and Service Centres

The press centre features information and services points where you will find information on access to Forum events, changes to the programme, services offered, announcements of Forum press events and other information, in both Russian and English. In the event of any technical difficulties with press centre equipment or your own personal equipment, please contact our Technical Support Service.

Distribution of press releases (announcements)

Press releases (announcements) alerting media to press events will be posted on the official Forum website in the Press Events Programme in the Media section and will also be available at the information stand at the press centre entrance next to the information and services point, as well as in the television and radio area of the International Broadcasting Centre. All materials will be available in both Russian and English.

Press event schedule

In mid-October 2019, the Press Event Programme will be posted in the Media section on The programme will list the location, time, topic and announcements of press conferences, briefings and signing ceremonies planned by Forum participants at the Forum venue. This service will help you plan your time at the Forum.


Free Wi-Fi will be provided throughout the press centre.

Public address system

This will keep you informed of the time and location of all major Forum press events. This service is available in the press centre.

Event broadcasts

Live broadcasts of all Forum events

Live broadcasts of the plenary session and other key Forum events will be shown on screens in the press centre (and in the media work area and dining areas).

Portable radios for simultaneous interpreting will be handed out to media representatives at the event entrance in exchange for a business card or press pass.

Broadcast of Forum sessions and TV coverage

Broadcasts will be shown on TV panels located in all Forum pavilions. They will feature live broadcasts of events and TV coverage by major Russian and international channels.

Information TV

For the convenience of media representatives, TV panels will be available in the press centre to enable journalists to watch live broadcasts of Forum events, as well as to learn about:

To participants in the Russia–Africa Economic Forum

Ladies and gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you at the opening of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum.

The rich history of relations between Africa and Russia has never seen an event of a similar scale. Members of government agencies and business community, and experts are meeting at this Forum to substantively discuss the current status and prospects of cooperation and a wide range of topical issues of the world economy.

Today, the countries of Africa are well on their way towards social, economic, scientific and technological development, and are playing a significant role in international affairs. They are strengthening mutually beneficial integration processes within the African Union and other regional and sub regional organizations across the continent.

In recent years, the traditionally friendly ties of partnership between Russia and Africa have gained new momentum, both at a bilateral level and in various multilateral formats. In addition to preserving our past experience of successful cooperation, we have also managed to make significant new steps forward. Trade and investment are growing dynamically, and new joint projects are under way in extractive industries, agriculture, healthcare, and education. Russian companies are ready to offer their scientific and technological developments to their African partners, and share their experience of upgrading energy, transport and communications infrastructures.

I hope that the Forum will help identify new areas and forms of cooperation, put forward promising joint initiatives that will bring the collaboration between Russia and Africa to a qualitatively new level and contribute to the development of our economies and the prosperity of our peoples.

I wish the Forum’s participants fruitful work and all the best.

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