Visitors to Russia–Africa Economic Forum’s Innovation Space to Enjoy VR Teleportation

The Innovation Space is holding an exhibition as part of the Roscongress Foundation’s Building Trust Area at the Russia–Africa Economic Forum on 23–24 October. Fourteen high-tech Russian companies whose technologies have good prospects on African markets are presenting their projects at the exhibition.

Gazprom is the general partner and Aksioma is the partner of the Innovation Space at the Russia–Africa Economic Forum.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to personally try out various interactive exhibits. In particular, the company Intelligent Scanning Systems, which is a participant in the Roscongress Foundation’s Business Priority project, has opened a virtual shooting range with full immersion and the use of weighted hunting rifle models at the VRComm booth. As part of the Roscongress Sport Club, participants will be able to shoot at moving targets from multimedia machines. VR technologies will also create the feeling of being in the African savannah or Russian forests. Each player’s results will be recorded in the overall standings and the most accurate shooters on the second day of the Forum will receive commemorative prizes from the Roscongress Foundation.

VR teleportation, another project being implemented by Intelligent Scanning Systems, offers a unique opportunity to visit and learn about the history, infrastructure, and capabilities of any city or site without physically going anywhere. Users interact with the platform through portable or stationary VR-devices, and in the future they will be able to do so via a mobile phone.

Bionovatik, a major Russian innovative company that manufacturers and introduces biological products for crop production, will show off a line of its most popular products at the Innovation Space: growth regulators, biological fertilizers, biological fungicides, and biological insecticides. Another useful product in agriculture is the company AGRATEC BIO’s new generation plant growth bio-stimulator, which increases productivity by 30–50% and does not cause any damage to the soil.

Other exhibitors include Kalancha, which is developing a unique technology for the gas-powder fire extinguishing of tanks with oil and petroleum products; RDP.RU, a leading Russian developer and supplier of high-performance network equipment for telecom operators and service providers; and the World Wi-Fi global decentralized free Wi-Fi network on private routers. World Wi-Fi solutions are already used in a number of African countries: Botswana, Kenya, and South Africa.

All these projects will be presented at the pitch session Business Priority: Perspective, which will be held on the second day of the Forum. Innovative startups will be evaluated by a Business Priority panel of experts, which includes representatives of investment funds, the federal and regional authorities, corporations, large and medium-sized businesses, angel investors as well as delegations from African countries. The session will devote particular attention to the prospects for exporting Russian products to the African continent.

The theme of healthcare, which is represented by two projects in the Innovation Space, was also addressed. The ‘Smart Clinic’ is a new digital format for primary care. In addition, the company Health Source is presenting a decentralized drinking water supply system that uses unique automatic equipment designed by the company.

The Building Trust Area is a unique platform that unites two projects of the Roscongress Foundation – the Innovation Space and the Innosocium LAB. More information on the programme of the Building Trust Area can be found on the official website of the Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum.

The Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum 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