Preparation for the second Russia–Africa Summit was discussed in Moscow
Following the instruction
of Russian President on the preparation of the second Russia–Africa Summit in
2022, a working meeting between Adviser to the President of the Russian
Federation and the Association of Economic Cooperation with African States
(AECAS), the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum and the
Roscongress Foundation was held in Moscow.
Among the participants
of the meeting were Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Anton
Kobyakov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head
of the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Oleg Ozerov, Chairman
of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Roscongress Foundation, Head of
the Coordination Council for Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Alexander
Stuglev and Head of AECAS Alexander Saltanov.
They discussed the
prospects for further development of relationships with African countries in accordance
with the decisions of the first Russia–Africa Summit that was held in Sochi in October
2019, as well as the key aspects of preparation for the next top-level
Russian-African meeting in 2022, including the need to establish efficient
information cooperation with African countries.
Adviser to the President
was presented with the interim results of the work done by the Secretariat that
was created in 2020 for coordination and preparation of events within the Russia–Africa
format, as well as advances made by AECAS, the establishment of which is an
important achievement on the way to efficient and fruitful preparation for
subsequent events of the Russian-African track.
The day before Russian
President Vladimir Putin informed the
participants of the International Inter-Party Conference
Russia-Africa: Reviving Traditions about the preparation for the second Russia–Africa
Summit in a telegram and noted that the first Summit “gave a strong momentum to
the development of friendly relationships between our country and countries of
the African continent.”
Russian Minister of
Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, who took part in the Inter-Party Conference, said that the Summit is already being prepared and filled
with meaningful content, and roadmaps of Russian-African economic, scientific
and humanitarian cooperation are to be drafted in the near future. Minister also
noted that African issues are supposed to be included in the programme of the
upcoming St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. These topics will be further
discussed at the next meeting of foreign ministers of Russia and the African
Union trio that is scheduled for 2021.