Over 170 TASS Photos to Be Exhibited at Russia–Africa Summit

Russian news agency TASS is presenting historical and modern-day photos depicting life in African countries and Russia at the Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum.

The bulk of the exhibit includes photos of African countries whose representatives are taking part in the summit. The images encompass economic, social, cultural, and sporting parts of life. They include desert and palm landscapes, images of local fauna, portraits of Africans in national costumes, and photos of modern cities.

Photos of the construction of the Aswan Hydropower Station in Egypt, the branch of the Pushkin Russian Language Institute in the Republic of Congo, and Olympic champion Oleg Grigoryev training boxers from the national team of the Republic of Chad demonstrate Russia’s close cooperation with African countries. A photograph from 1962 shows former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser presenting cosmonaut Yury Gagarin with the Order of the Nile badge, while cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is captured in a 1964 picture during her visit to the Republic of Ghana.

Part of the exhibit is devoted to meetings between African and Russian heads of state at different times in history.

Many of these historical photographs will be exhibited for the first time. They were restored thanks to the digitization and systematization of the TASS photo archive in 2015–2016.

Modern-day photos of Russia feature picturesque landscapes of various regions ranging from the Baltic Sea to the Far East, pictures of magnificent architectural monuments, and spectacular views of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The exhibit includes more than 170 works by TASS photojournalists. It uses photographs both from masters of domestic photojournalism such as Viktor Budan, Valery Gende-Rote, Vasily Yegorov, Vladimir Musaelyan, Sergey Kulik, Valentin Cheredintsev, and many others, as well as the agency’s present-day photojournalists. Their masterful work vividly and accurately conveys the beauty of the African continent.

The TASS photos can be viewed throughout Sirius Park of Science and Art.

TASS is the official photo hosting agency of the Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum.

The Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum, the largest event in the history of Russian-African relations, will take place on 23–24 October in Sochi at the Sirius Park of Science and Art. The Forum will become a regular event and will help to maintain a constant business dialogue between Russia and African countries. The events are being organized by the Roscongress Foundation. Russian Export Center and Afreximbank are the co-organizers of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum.

For a more detailed version of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum programme, please visit: https://summitafrica.ru/en/programm/

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