Business Programme Released for Roscongress Foundation’s Innovation Space at Russia–Africa Economic Forum

The Roscongress Foundation has announced the programme of events that will be held at the Innovation Space as part of the Foundation’s Building Trust Area at the Russia–Africa Economic Forum. The main discussion topics will deal with various aspects of the technological partnership between Russia and African countries. Gazprom will be the general partner of the Innovation Space, company Aksioma will serve as the partner.

The Innovation Space programme will kick off on 23 October with the RBK session ‘Innovations Without Borders: New Cross-Border Business Opportunities’. Russian tech companies have already established themselves as reliable solution providers on international markets. The discussion participants will talk about key points in developing business partnerships between Russian and African companies. This above all includes smart manufacturing, fintech, transport, and infrastructure.

Other themes on the first day will include the use of digital technologies and advanced Russian telemedicine systems in the healthcare industry in Africa as well as the role of startups and accelerators in the development of an innovative environment.

The key event of the second day of the Forum, 24 October, will be the pitch session ‘Business Priority: Perspective’ as part of the Business Priority project, which is being implemented under the auspices of the Roscongress Foundation. Seven high-tech startups with solid prospects on African markets will give presentations to potential investors and customers.

The technologies presented by the pitch session participants and other innovative companies will also be presented at the Innovation Space, which will function throughout the Forum. In particular, the company ViNTERA.TV will present a multimedia platform that provides access to hundreds of free online TV channels.

AGRATEC BIO and Bionovatik will show off innovative products to accelerate and regulate plant growth. In addition, the company Health Source offers a decentralized drinking water supply system that uses unique automated equipment of its own design.

The exhibits will also include three projects that have already been granted Business Priority status: the unique Kalancha technology for gas-powder fire extinguishing of tanks with oil and petroleum products; the Oasis project from the company Avtonomika, which allows for the geoengineering preparation of habitable plots in desert and arid territories; and the company Intelligent Scanning Systems, which will deploy a real shooting range with virtual reality components directly onsite.

More information about the Innovation Space is available on the official website of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum and Summit.

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

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