Russia–Africa Forum to Address Image of the Future African Continent

Preserving national values ​​and priorities is one of the most important goals that African countries face in the era of globalization. Developing nations, which are taking on a greater role on the world stage with each passing year, need to find their own identity in all walks of life. Traditions and national traits should become an integral part of the economic development of African countries. The session ‘The Future of the African Continent: Sovereignty and Traditional Values as Crucial Elements of a Development Strategy’ will be a key part of the agenda at the Russia–Africa Forum on 24 October.

The session will be moderated by Alexander Malkevich, Chairman of the Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on Development of the Information Community, Mass Media and Mass Communications and President of the Foundation for National Values Protection. The session will feature speeches by Abdulrahaman Abdulwahab Noureldaim Saied, Member of the Sudanese Economists Association; Nathalie Yamb, Executive Adviser of the Liberty and Democracy for the Republic Party (LIDER) of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire; Vaiva Adomaityte, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Admis; H.E. Marie Noelle Koyara, Minister of National Defence and Army Reconstruction of the Central African Republic; Chid Liberty, CEO of Liberty & Justice; Jose Matemulane, President of the Association for Free Research and International Cooperation; Samia Yaba Nkrumah, National Chairperson of the Convention People's Party (CPP) of the Republic of Ghana and President and Founder of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre; and Clifton Ellis, Founder and Chairman of the International Sustainable Energy Organisation.

Economic and political sovereignty are the foundation of development in the modern world. The African Union’s strategic framework Agenda 2063 highlights the importance of preserving African values and Pan-Africanism. The discussion participants will outline the most pressing issues that dictate the future of Africa and discuss possible solutions. In addition, another important topic in the session participants’ speeches will be Russian assistance to African countries in drafting a development strategy, including in matters concerning the preservation of sovereignty and the right to take independent decisions.

“Preserving national identity is a prerequisite for the harmonious development of any country and an optimal foundation for building a successful society. This is particularly important for African countries, where identity and continuity are part of the self-identification of residents”, Alexander Malkevich said. “We deeply respect the traditions of other states. And we are ready to assist our partners in choosing the best path”.

The Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum will take place on 23–24 October in Sochi at the Sirius Park of Science and Art. The events are being organized by the Roscongress Foundation, and the co-organizers of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum are Russian Export Center and Afreximbank.

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