AECAS Held General Meeting
Moscow’s World Trade Center hosted general meeting of the Association of Economic Cooperation with African Countries (AECAS).
In his welcome address, Head of the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Oleg Ozerov said that the Secretariat established the Coordinating, Public, and Research Councils, as well as the Media Work Group for specific suggestions for further development of economic, research, technical, and humanitarian cooperation with Africa.
“AECAS functioning is driven by its non-profit status on one hand and by political and diplomatic support from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Secretariat on the other,” stated Oleg Ozerov.
The Head of the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum emphasized that the Russia–Africa track offers a significant window of opportunities. This is why the task of doubling the commodity turnover with Africa in the next several years set by Russian President Vladimir Putin looks optimistic.
AECAS Deputy Chairman Sergey Luksha spoke about negotiations with government representatives from Senegal, Mali, and Guinea that took place in Africa. He shared that these countries as well as other ones were still ready for economic cooperation with Russia.
“During our meetings, these countries expressed their intention to maintain economic and cultural ties with Russia. Preparation for the 2022 Russia–Africa International Forum demonstrates great potential for developing big plans, including joint ones,” said Sergey Luksha.
Executive Director of AECAS Anna Belyaeva spoke about key development tracks and focused on the media-related aspect. She emphasized that the preparation for the 2022 Russia–Africa International Forum takes a meticulous and thorough approach to media coverage of this international project.
“At the same time, I must say that we both – Russians and Africans – need to take a through approach to the media coverage and pay extra attention to it. In this regard, I should say that AECAS and TASS have signed a memorandum of cooperation, which will allow both parties to inform the Russian and African communities on our high-priority plans and their implementation in a timely fashion,” explained Anna Belyaeva.
She also noted that a media conference involving Russia’s and Africa’s leading media outlets was planned as part of preparation for the next Forum.
Andrey Pylyov, Advisor to AECAS, focused on humanitarian projects that were in high demand in Senegal, for example.
“This country plans a series of sporting events that have sparked interest among other African countries. Our experience in such events shows a great interest in them among younger generations above all, which brings them to healthy lifestyles,” shared Andrey Pylyov.
He also announced that bridging between Russia and Africa involved humanitarian ties that played an important role in the political and economic cooperation.
The Roscongress Foundation participated in this meeting as a member of the Association. The general meeting announced that Roscongress joined AECAS.
“Developing the Russia–Africa agenda has been our priority for a while now. We initiated a successful communication with a potential for a partnership back at the first Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum in October 2019. Today, our efforts in this area are becoming more significant: the creation of a whole number of Councils under the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum helps us act in a number of fields quickly and efficiently. We are happy that our partnership with AECAS and membership in the Association will become another tool for establishing ties between countries. I am confident we will be able to demonstrate our African colleagues the full potential of Russian business. We look forward to interesting partnerships and effective cooperation with the African continent,” said Alexander Stuglev, Head of Coordinating Council under the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum; CEO and Chairman of the Roscongress Foundation.
The speakers answered questions of the Association members.