Russia–Africa Economic Forum Exhibition: Prospects for Cooperation

An exhibition devoted to promising areas of cooperation between Russia and African countries will be held on the sidelines of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum in Sochi on 23–24 October.

The exhibition will incorporate various sectors of the Russian economy – agriculture, heavy and light engineering, military and civilian equipment, and much more. The Russian Export Center is preparing a major exposition. Rosatom will present renewable energy sources. Transmashholding will show off its latest developments in passenger transport to the Forum’s guests and participants: the RA-3 two-coach rail bus, which was put into operation in late August 2019; the engine car of the Moscow-2019 train, which was built based on orders from the Moscow Metro; and compartment and non-compartment locomotive-hauled cars built on the principle of a two-car trailer. The stand will feature a virtual reality zone in which visitors can get a tour of the passenger car of the future. ФФ

The GAZ Group will present a separate cluster of automotive equipment, including samples of mobile medical stations. The Roscongress Foundation and Gazprom are organizing an innovative cluster at the exhibition – the Innovation Space.

The military-industrial complex will present an exposition as part of the unified exhibition space at the central platform of Sirius Park of Science and Art.

At the Discover Russian Cuisine (DRC) stand, participants can visit a Russian gastronomic festival and find Russian regional foodstuffs. Renowned chefs will demonstrate their skills in chef’s table and open master-class format.

The exhibition will bring together over 30 leading exhibitors in their industries, such as Russian Railways, PhosAgro, United Aircraft Corporation, and Protei, which will present solutions with the highest demand on the foreign market for mobile telecom operators and integrated security systems for the implementation of the Safe City concept, among others.

The African exhibitors will include the Republic of Djibouti, which will present modern logistics platforms designed to promote the development of Russian–African trade, Kenya, Congo and Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco.

“The goal of the Russia–Africa Forum exhibition is to show African business promising areas of cooperation in industries that could contribute to economic development and improve living conditions on the continent: transport, agriculture, and mining. The Russian participants will be happy to share their experience and speak about the success stories that their projects have had in the international space”, Adviser to the Russian President and Executive Secretary of the Forum’s Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov said.

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.

A detailed version of the Russia–Africa Economic Forum programme is available at: https://summitafrica.ru/programm/. The full list of exhibits can be found at: https://summitafrica.ru/about-forum/exhibition/

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