The Speakers at the Russia–Africa Economic Forum Will be Heads of State, Chief Executives of Leading Companies, Ministers and Experts from Both Sides

An expanded version of the business programme of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum and Summit with speaker names has been published on the event’s website. The Forum will feature more than 200 CEOs, ministers of key industries, and representatives of the expert community from Russia and Africa. The events will be attended by more than 3,000 representatives of African businesses.

The Forum’s business programme is split up into three thematic pillars: ‘Forging Economic Ties’, ‘Creating Joint Projects’, and ‘Collaborating in the Humanitarian and Social Sector’. The central event of the Forum will be the plenary session ‘Russia–Africa: Uncovering the Potential for Cooperation’, which will be chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdelfattah ALSISI.

During the business programme sessions, the speakers will discuss key industries where Russia and African countries can develop cooperation as well as general issues concerning humanitarian and social development that affect people’s level of education, medicine, and quality of life.

“The participants can expect an eventful programme that covers the full potential of industries for the development of cooperation and collaboration on the African continent. Looking at the list of Forum speakers, we can safely say that the discussions will take place at the highest level, and the decisions and conclusions made at the Forum will lay the groundwork for real solutions. It’s a unique opportunity for us to realize our mutual interests and enter a new era of cooperation between our countries”, Advisor to the Russian President Anton Kobyakov said.

The ‘Forging Economic Ties’ pillar, which is devoted to ways to strengthen economic cooperation between countries, will feature such speakers as Russian Railways CEO and Chairman of the Board Oleg Belozyorov, Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Her Excellency Sahar Nasr, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs President Alexander Shokhin, Djibouti Chamber of Commerce President Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, and other expert economists, government representatives, and company executives. The government and businesses will use the conclusions reached during the discussions at the Forum to take the necessary decisions that aim to stimulate economic cooperation.

The ‘Creating Joint Projects’ pillar will focus on existing and potential joint projects in the oil and gas industry, agriculture, transport infrastructure, construction, and nuclear energy. The speakers include Russian Export Center CEO Andrey Slepnev, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Director General Andrey Likhachev, and other participants in joint projects.

The ‘Collaborating in the Humanitarian and Social Sector’ pillar will bring together experts on corporate social responsibility, the chairmen of high-profile funds, and representatives of business and African countries for discussions on ways to improve the quality of life on the African continent, security, education and healthcare.

More than 30 business events involving international speakers will be held on the sidelines of the Forum. The Russia–Africa Economic Forum and Summit will be held in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019 and will be the largest events of their kind in the history of Russian–African relations. The Roscongress Foundation is the organizer of the events.

The expanded version of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum programme is available here.

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