Coordination Council for Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Holds First Meeting

The first meeting of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Coordination Council (CC) took place on 27 October via video conference. The event brought together Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov; Ambassador-at-Large and Head of the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Oleg Ozerov; Head of the CC, CEO and Chairman of the Roscongress Foundation Alexander Stuglev; Director of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Irina Abramova, as well as representatives of the Association of Economic Cooperation with African States and leading companies, members of the Russian ministries and business organizations.   

Discussions focused on further gradual development of the centuries-long Russian-African relations in accordance with the resolutions of the first Russia–Africa Summit that took place in Sochi in October 2019. Covered topics included preparations for the next summit in 2022, approving various roadmaps and plans, detailing the cooperation mechanisms between relevant parties coordinated by the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum, formed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the summit in Sochi. Additionally, economic consolidation tasks and joint projects in Africa that fall under the jurisdiction of the CC and the Association of Economic Cooperation with African States have been examined.  

According to Mr. Bogdanov, Russia offers a unique approach. At its core lies the country’s focus on fostering cooperation with the African partners guided by the motto of the first Russia–Africa summit: “For Peace, Security and Development”. The motto has received a lot of support among the Africans. CC’s principal mission is to outline priority opportunities for cooperation with Africa and facilitate efficient interdepartmental cooperation, including the preparations for the next Russia–Africa summit. 

In his turn, Alexander Stuglev emphasized that the Roscongress Foundation promotes African agenda within its key events. The foundation’s competences and ample international contacts will help take cooperation between Russian and African business, political, and expert communities to a new level.

As part of the Coordination Council meeting, the Association of Economic Cooperation with African States and TASS News Agency signed a cooperation agreement for further promotion of the Russia–Africa agenda.

The participants spoke about Africa’s growing role in both international relations and the global economic system. They underscored the importance of the dynamic development of Russian-African relations, as well as the historic role Russia plays in decolonization and fostering independence of the African states.   


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