Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Secretariat will be holding a presentation in Moscow

The final declaration adopted at the first Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum (Sochi, October 2019) included the establishment of a new regular dialogue mechanism: the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum, led by a Secretariat. The central event of the Partnership Forum is the second Russia–Africa Summit, which will be held in 2022. 

The Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Secretariat and the Association of Economic Cooperation with African Countries will be holding a presentation in Moscow on 9 September at 16:00. The event is organized and will be held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, together with the Association of Economic Cooperation with African Countries and the Roscongress Foundation.

Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov, Ambassador-at-Large and Head of the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum Oleg Ozerov, Rossotrudnichestvo Head Yevgeny Primakov, Director of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Irina Abramova, and Roscongress Foundation Chairman of the Board and CEO Alexander Stuglev will discuss the Secretariat’s objectives and its significance to the continued development of multilateral partnerships between Russia and African countries.

The creation of the Association of Economic Cooperation with African Countries is an important advancement in the effective and efficient organization of further events in the Russia–Africa track. Head of the Association of Economic Cooperation with African Countries Alexander Saltanov will discuss the Association’s objectives and its work within the framework of the Secretariat.

The event will also include the signing of a partnership agreement between the Roscongress Foundation and the Association of Economic Cooperation with African Countries. 

Media representatives are invited to attend the press briefing, which will be held during the presentation on 9 September at 17:10 and will require advance accreditation. 

The broadcast will be available on the Roscongress YouTube channel, the Roscongress Facebook page, and on the Russia–Africa project’s social network pages (in Russian, English, and French).


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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