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The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is the foremost pan-African multilateral financial institution devoted to financing and promoting intra- and extra-African trade. The Bank was established in October 1993 by African governments, African private and institutional investors, and non-African investors.

Afreximbank is headquartered in Cairo and has branches in Abidjan, Abuja, Harare and Kampala.

Russian Export Center JSC (REC) is a state institute for non-resource, non-energy exports assistance.

The REC Group offers a wide range of financial and non-financial support tools to benefit foreign purchasers of Russian products. The REC Group incorporates the Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance (EXIAR JSC) and Eximbank of Russia. Customers may benefit from the services at any phase of an export transaction from the commencement of the supply to the post-contractual service.

The Group’s activity is underpinned by the special-purpose customer service and full service and product range. The support tools include searching for the partners abroad, support within the exhibition activities, arrangement of b2b meetings, workshops, and business missions, product promotion abroad, analytics and studies for exporters, assistance in certification, patenting, and licensing, consulting with regard to customs administration, participation in international projects and tender procedures.

REC’s customer base includes the developers of innovative security systems and commercial IT solutions, manufacturers of toys, baby food, cosmetics, food, major industrial enterprises that deliver aircraft, helicopters, wagons, harvesters, motor vehicles, and trucks.

International Agency for Sovereign Development (IASD) was established in 2019 to assist developing economies, especially the countries of the African continent, in raising funds on international capital markets and unlocking potential of increasing shareholder value of the largest corporations in the region.

With its headquarters in Moscow and an extensive network of direct contacts at the highest level with governments, institutions, corporations and investors around the world, IASD provides its partners with the benefits of global reach. The Agency's strategic regions of presence are Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

IASD mission is to help its partners to accelerate economic growth and increase national welfare of their countries, strengthen their sovereignty and provide opportunities for independent domestic and foreign policies based on financial and economic independence.

The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is a global technological leader. The company has the assets and expertise to work at all stages of the nuclear production chain from uranium mining to the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and spent nuclear fuel management. ROSATOM brings together about 400 enterprises and organizations with around 250,000 employees.

ROSATOM is the largest electricity producer in Russia, providing over 18% of the country's energy needs. The Corporation is third in the world in terms of nuclear power generation, and a global leader in the simultaneous implementation of NPP power units, with the largest portfolio of foreign construction projects (36 NPP units in 12 countries).

ROSATOM manufactures equipment and produces isotopes for nuclear medicine, and conducts research and material studies. It also assembles supercomputers and designs software and different nuclear and non-nuclear innovative products. The Corporation has business ventures covering various clean energy projects. ROSATOM has the second largest uranium reserves and 17% of the global nuclear fuel market. ROSATOM’s strategy is to develop green energy projects, including wind power.

PhosAgro is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers in terms of production volumes of phosphate-based fertilizers and high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39% and higher. The Company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe (by total combined capacity for DAP/MAP/NP/NPK/NPS), the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39%, a top-three producer of MAP/DAP globally, one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia, and Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate (according to the RAFP). PhosAgro’s main products include phosphate rock, 39 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 100 countries spanning all inhabited continents. The Company’s priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia.

PJSC ALROSA is a Russian partially government-owned diamond miner. ALROSA was established in 1992 and today it is the largest diamond miner by volume worldwide: the Company produces 95% of all rough diamonds in Russia and almost a third of rough diamonds globally. In 2017, ALROSA produced 39.6 million carats of rough diamonds. The sales revenue amounted to $4.3 billion.

ALROSA produces diamonds in Russia (Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Arkhangelsk Region), and in Africa. ALROSA’s trading offices are located in the world’s major diamond trading centers in Antwerp, Ramat Gan, Dubai, Hong Kong, and New York. The Company’s total headcount is about 37,000.

LUKOIL is one of the largest international private vertically-integrated oil and gas companies, accounting for over 2% of global oil production and about 1% of proved hydrocarbon reserves.

With exploration, production and marketing of oil, gas, petroleum and petrochemical products being LUKOIL Group’s core businesses, the company plays a key role on Russia’s fuel and energy market. One of the largest taxpayers in this country, LUKOIL produces and refi nes 15% of oil in Russia.

Operating in six federal districts (65 regions) of the Russian Federation and over thirty countries worldwide, LUKOIL is continuously expanding its geographic presence.

The company makes signifi cant investments in environmental protection every year. LUKOIL has always been an active sponsor and donator, supporting various socially signifi cant projects and initiatives in the regions where it operates.

Joint Stock Company “Russian Railways” is one of the largest rail companies in the world with huge volumes of passenger and freight transportation.

The company has high financial ratings, qualified specialists in all the rail business spheres, extensive scientific and technological basis, project and construction facilities, experience in international cooperation.

100% of the stock of the company operating the railways network as long as 85,5 thousand kilometers belongs to the Russian Federation.

Every year Russian Railways carries more than 1 billion passengers and ships up to 45% of the country's cargo turnover (including pipelines).

Russian Railways belongs to the top 3 of the world rail industry leaders.

The company’s mission is to meet the market demand for transportation services, increase efficiency, quality of services and deep integration into the Eurasian transport system.

Rosoboronexport is the only state-owned arms trade company in the Russian Federation authorized to export the full range of military and dual-purpose products, technologies and services. It is a subsidiary of the Rostec Corporation. Founded on 4 November, 2000, now Rosoboronexport is one of the leading world arms exporters to the international market. Its share in Russia's military exports exceeds 85 percent. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations in the Russian defence industrial complex. Russia maintains military technical cooperation with more than 100 countries around the world.

TMH (Transmashholding) is Number 1 manufacturer in Russia and CIS countries offering a wide range of railway vehicles and urban rail solutions. The company is ranked Number 6 among global Rolling Stock manufacturers. The Company offers comprehensive range of Products & Services: from development and design of newly built Rolling Stock products to modernization, Life Cycle Maintenance Contracts and Digital Train Control Systems. TMH is a Russian-rooted company with headquarters in Moscow and international branch offices in Switzerland, Hungary, the Republic of South Africa, Egypt, Argentina,  Balarus and Kazakhstan. The Company has 15 manufacturing and assembly sites in Russia and in other countries worldwide, while its operational footprint embraces over 30 countries.

JSC VTB Bank, its subsidiary banks and financial organisations (VTB Group) is an international financial group, offering a wide range of financial and banking services and products in Russia, the CIS, and select countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa. VTB Bank provides a full range of banking services through a wide network of branches. Its subsidiary organisations offer insurance, leasing, factoring and other financial services. VTB Group has the most extensive international network of any Russian bank, with more than 20 banks and financial companies in more than 20 countries. As of 31 December 2018, the Group was the second largest financial group in Russia by assets (RUB 14.760 trillion) and by customer accounts (RUB 10.403 trillion). The Government of the Russian Federation is VTB Group’s main shareholder and owns 60.9% of the voting shares through the Federal Property Management Agency

GAZ is Russia’s leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles that supplies its products to Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Product portfolio includes light and medium-duty commercial vehicles, buses, powertrains, and car parts. The company is number one in Russia’s commercial vehicle market with an > 50% share in the LCV segment and an almost 80% share in the bus segment. Its flagship products include NEXT generation LCVs and buses. They are designed for SME and various industries, public utilities, farming and agriculture, schools and hospitals. GAZ is a Russian leading manufacturer of e-friendly vehicles, including those based on alternative fuel types. GAZ has an in-house engineering center, fully integrated production facilities in Russia and assembly facilities in Turkey and Kazakhstan.

ROSGEO is a Russian multi-industry geological holding company, which offers a full range of geological exploration services from regional surveys to stratigraphic drilling and subsoil monitoring. It boasts unique expertise, particularly in marine geology and shelf operations.

ROSGEO was established by Decree No. 957 of the President of the Russian Federation dated 15 July 2011. It is a fully state-owned company.

The enterprises within the holding company operate in all eight federal districts of Russia. A total of more than 1,000 fields and deposits have been discovered by ROSGEO, including Astrakhan field (2.5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas), the Tengiz field (3.1 billion tonnes of oil), the Kovykta field (1.9 trillion cubic meters of natural gas), the Sukhoi Log deposit (about 2,000 tonnes of gold), the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly, and many others.

ROSGEO’s subsidiaries have rich experience in implementing projects abroad: in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Gazprom is a global energy company focused on geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil, sales of gas as a vehicle fuel, as well as generation and marketing of heat and electric power. Gazprom holds the world’s largest natural gas reserves and is the global leader in gas production. The Company actively implements large-scale gas development projects in the Yamal Peninsula, Eastern Siberia, and the Russian Far East, as well as a number of hydrocarbon exploration and production projects abroad. Gazprom sells gas to Russian consumers and exports gas to more than 30 countries within and beyond the former Soviet Union being the largest gas exporter to Europe. Company is successfully expanding its LNG sales, is among three top oil and gas condensate producers in Russia. Gazprom owns country’s major power generating assets.

AXIOMA is a unique company that provides business development services at foreign and frontier markets (Russia for foreign companies; foreign markets - for Russian companies). AXIOMA specializes in managing companies’ business and reputational risks and crisis management. AXIOMA manages client’s special situations and high stakes business and legal conflicts - providing analysis of risks, gathering and analyzing unique information, developing optimum resolution strategy, monitoring and control over strategy execution. AXIOMA’s geographical speciality: the company manages multi-jurisdictional special situations and conflicts (from Vietnam and Cambodia in Asia, to London and Paris in Europe, to African countries). AXIOMA’s clients are multi-billion dollar companies. AXIOMA collaborates with leading global legal firms and lawyers. AXIOMA’s completed projects and reputation are well established and well known in Russia and in foreign markets. President - Dmitry Vozianov.

United Grain Company Joint-Stock Company (UGC JSC) is a major infrastructure and trading company that supports the export potential of Russian grain on the world market and carries out trade and procurement activities on the domestic grain market as part of Russia’s national food security and agricultural support programme.

Founded in 1937 as the first Soviet project in the ice cream industry (known as Ice Cream Factory No. 8 in Fili, Moscow). The largest Russian ice cream producer. Two plants with joint production capacity of 90,000 tons (about 180 million liters) per year. Widest ice cream range (250+) with various flavors in different price tiers - from economy to premium. Private Labels Manufacturer for Auchan, Billa, Tander and other large Russian and international retail chains. One of the few world producers using fresh milk to produce ice cream

"Krasnodar Tea Union" LLC is the manufacturer of the legendary brand "Krasnodarsky Tea" - the symbol of both Krasnodar region and Russia, the northest grown tea in the world. Our tea's unique qualitities are confirmed by the NMPT certification, confirming the plantation's location name. Our tea blends' high quality has been assessed at exhibitions. Our product has already been a winner of grand prix at PRODEXPO fair for many years, nominated in "The best product of the year" We are especially proud to own the golden medals that we have won in China. We have been participating in SIAL CHINA exhibition in Shanghai and in GUL FOOD exhibition in Dubai, UAE

The Avtomatika Concern specializes in the manufacturing of information security products and services, development and production of technical means and systems of secure communication, information and telecommunication, as well as special-purpose automated control systems. The Avtomatika Concern is a leader in the development and production of means of detecting and combating the illegal use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

"Almaz-Antey" Corp. consolidates more than 60 hi-tech companies specialized in development and production of air defense and anti-missile systems, radars and control systems, providing operation, modernization and repair of products supplied to the customers.

Products manufactured by "Almaz-Antey" Corp. ensure protection against air and space attack means as well as air and ground surveillance and control.

"Almaz-Antey" Corp. has proved itself to be a reliable partner accurately fulfilling the assumed obligations. It has been holding one of the leading positions in the World Arms Market for AD means supplies.

Bureau LEGINT offers solutions in the area of international promotion of national initiatives and business goals, providing political technology services, marketing and commercial assistance, analytical and investigative research, legal support. Bureau LEGINT contributes in supporting vital humanitarian and social projects in Africa, promotes the initiative to create a Foundation to assist African governments, regional and national healthcare organizations in preventing and fighting against dangerous infectious diseases, works to raise investments required to develop African economies. In August 2018 the Consultative and Business Council for Libya was established based on Bureau LEGINT, Russia-Mexico strategic planning forums were held in the Mexican Congress and Senate, summaries of events occurring in Africa and the Middle East are prepared on a daily basis, publications on political and business topics are issued. The motto of Bureau LEGINT: Your task – our solution!

Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the global helicopter industry, the sole Russian rotorcraft designer and manufacturer and one of the few companies worldwide with the capability to design, manufacture, service and test modern civilian and military helicopters. Russian Helicopters is part of State Corporation Rostec. Russian Helicopters’ facilities span the entire country. The Company includes design bureaus, helicopter assembly plants, components production, maintenance and repair enterprises, aircraft repair plants, and helicopter service companies providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. It was established in 2007, but its key enterprises date back more than 70 years.

Military Industrial Company LLC (Russian acronym VPK) develops and produces armoured personnel carriers, multipurpose lightly armoured vehicles and special vehicles for security and law enforcement agencies that are cutting-edge examples of the armament on the world market and make up the mainstay of the Russian land forces. VPK also produces armoured hulls for various types of armoured vehicles and air defense systems and modules to up-armour domestic and foreign-made vehicles. The research, industrial and material resources and personnel qualification allow attaining the objectives and meeting the demand of the domestic and foreign armament markets. The company holds the licenses to develop, produce, repair and dispose of materiel and perform work involving information classified as state secret. The company collaborates with more than 30 governmental customers, including the Defense Ministry, Federal Security Service, Federal Protection Service and other Russian uniformed services.

GAZ is Russia’s leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles that supplies its products to Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Product portfolio includes light and medium-duty commercial vehicles, buses, powertrains, and car parts. The company is number one in Russia’s commercial vehicle market with an > 50% share in the LCV segment and an almost 80% share in the bus segment. Its flagship products include NEXT generation LCVs and buses. They are designed for SME and various industries, public utilities, farming and agriculture, schools and hospitals. GAZ is a Russian leading manufacturer of e-friendly vehicles, including those based on alternative fuel types. GAZ has an in-house engineering center, fully integrated production facilities in Russia and assembly facilities in Turkey and Kazakhstan.

KAMAZ Group of Companies is the largest automobile corporation in the Russian Federation. KAMAZ PTC is one of the world's top 20 heavy duty truck producers and ranks 16th by production volumes of heavy-duty trucks with GVW exceeding 16 tonnes. Production capacity is 71 thousand vehicles a year. KAMAZ PTC produces a broad spectrum of commercial vehicles: trucks (more than 60 models, in excess of 1,500 configurations, right hand drive vehicles), trailers, buses, engines, power packs and various tools. КАМАZ has historically been positioning itself in the 14-40 tonne GVW truck market. In recent years, the product range has broadened as a result of adding new models and vehicle families – fr om city delivery trucks to increased payload trucks to be used as part of road trains with GCW of up to 120 tonnes. KAMAZ PTC exports vehicles, CKD (complete knocked-down) kits and spare parts to more than 40 countries of the CIS, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America. Kazakhstan became the key export market of KAMAZ PTC in 2017. Thus, over 50% of all exported KAMAZ vehicles and CKD were sold there. Besides, Cuba accounts for a great share of KAMAZ deliveries under a contract started to be implemented as far back as 2016.

St Petersburg Tractor Plant produces nine modifications of K-7 and K-4 series Kirovets agricultural tractors with capacity ranging from 240 to 450 hp and 20 types of road construction and special machinery made on the basis of Kirovets industrial tractors. The equipment has warranty and after-sales service through a wide network of representative offices and dealerships (more than 50 centres in Russia and the CIS).

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. This year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table by Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleev. The International Year is coordinated by UNESCO and IUPAC in cooperation with international chemical societies and unions. In Russia, the organizing Committee of the International year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. All-Russia Science Festival supports the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The theme for 2019 is devoted to the Periodic Table of Mendeleev as proclaimed by the United Nations. The International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements will enhance international cooperation by coordinating activities between learned societies, educational establishments and industry; establish durable partnerships to ensure that these achievements continue in the future.

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation is the federal executive body responsible for elaboration of state and legal regulatory policies within the national agroindustrial complex, agricultural, raw materials and foodstuffs market, food and processing industries, sustainable development of rural areas, and demesnial relations applicable to agricultural land. The Ministry coordinates and monitors the activities of its subordinates – the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) and the Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

Remdizel (RD) JSC  was established in 1978. This is the largest specialized enterprise in Russia that provides the RF Ministry of Defense with special-purpose vehicles over the whole life cycle: R&D, manufacturing, technical supervision during operation, overhaul, recycling of wheeled and tracked vehicles. RD produces vehicles of the Typhoon. Since 2011, RD is the only contractor for the RF Ministry of Defense covering the whole life cycle of KAMAZ, MT-LB and a number of models on their basis.

Proekt-Technika Corporation is one of global leaders in development and manufacture of solutions in the field of special-purpose mobile infrastructure. Products manufactured by the Corporation vary in complexity from containers supplied for further equipment accommodation to fully functional mobile service centers, field camps, field medical and headquarter packages with all necessary infrastructure. Our products are in operation in 21 countries around the world either as independent items and packages or as parts of air defense and radio-electronic warfare units. The Corporation’s major assets include mobile equipment production sites, Proektelektrotechnika Transformer Manufacturing Plant, Engineering Center, and Service Solutions Development Center. Proekt Technika has been implementing the latest global technology in its products, applying dedicated software suites in design and using present-day methods and state-of-the-art equipment for manufacture.

PROTEI is an international telecommunications systems vendor operating in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East & North Africa, having a proven track record of over 17 years on the market. Using the latest convergent technologies implemented in our products, Steering of Roaming or EPC can be delivered with maximum efficiency. The PROTEI product line covers all the needs of MNO/MVNO operators: Core Network solutions (like HLR/HSS, STP, GMSC), EPC-platform, Roaming management, IN, VAS, Messaging and so on. PROTEI has great experience in development, production and maintenance of Smart/Safe City platform, Emergency Alert System, 112 - Emergency Services Response. Our products are highly customizable and can be adapted to fit any requirements. PROTEI service platforms will help Operators to retain subscribers’ loyalty and boost revenues. PROTEI serves more than 300 well-known customers in over 30 countries catering for 200 million subscribers worldwide.

SIC Tecmash, JSC Tecmash specializes in the development and production of multiple rocket launcher systems, ammunition for air, naval and land artillery systems, engineer ammunition, air-launched weapons and aerial bombs, close-in weapons, mortar systems, fuses etс. The structure of the holding company SIC Tecmash, JSC currently includes 36 organizations of ammunition industry, Many enterprises and research institutions that are included in the holding company, have a history that spans several decades. The organization of the holding company are located in 15 regions of the Russian Federation.

“Research and Production Corporation “Uralvagonzavod”, the largest multipurpose engineering сluster, incorporates dozens of enterprises, design offices, research and development establishments recognized as reputable designers and manufacturers of weapons and military vehicles in Russia and abroad. The product line of the Corporation includes equipment for railways and city infrastructure, agriculture and road building, space and oil and gas industries. Parent enterprise “Uralvagonzavod” is licensed to carry out the following foreign economic activities: supplies of spares for the previously delivered weapons and military vehicles, their maintenance and repairs, including upgrade.

"Belaru" represents a group of companies in Russia and Africa. We practice international activities such as the B2B format, as part of consulting for the following activities: International trade in food categories; Organization of events; Information technology and innovation; International marketing and advertising; Production activities; Support of trade and investment transactions; The company "Belaru" opened the first exhibition pavilion of African products in Russia. We took part in the organization of the World Cup in Russia. The company received official status on the implementation and development of international security systems in various fields. “Belaru" is a member of the international business communities, the National Committee for Economic Cooperation, the CIS Executive Committee, and the Associations in Africa. We will be happy to provide business support of any scale.

CEPICI, The Investment Promotion Center in Côte d'Ivoire is the One Stop Shop of Investment in Côte d'Ivoire. It brings together, coordinates and streamlines all government initiatives and actions in the areas of Investment Promotion and Private Sector Development.

Placed under the Minister to the Prime Minister, in charge of the Promotion of Private Investment, The Investment Promotion Center in Côte d'Ivoire (CEPICI) is a public institution of an administrative nature.

His area of expertise:
Business creation – Incorporate Co
Assistance and facilitation for investment
Access to benefits of the Investment Code
Development of business partnerships
Organization of economic events
Improving the business environment
Promoting National Entrepreneurship and Startup
Provide “AfterCare” services for approved investments in CEPICI

Its mission is to support the private sector and to be the interface between the private sector and the state, to increase private investment in Côte d'Ivoire.

End then, the CEPICI, Investment Promotion Center in Côte d'Ivoire is in charge of :
Facilitation of administrative formalities relating to the creation, operation, transmission or extension of enterprises.
Supporting investors in obtaining land for industrial use
Contribution to the reduction of the costs and deadlines relative to these formalities (creation within 24 hours).
Receiving and processing investor applications to benefit from the Investment Code.
Follow-up of the implementation of the provisions of the Investment Code.

Situated on the Horn of Africa, the Republic of Djibouti sits along one of the second busiest maritime sea routes in the world, with 90 ships/day, at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. Djibouti is continuing to investment in strategic infrastructure projects such as the Multipurpose Ports, its container terminals, oil & gas facilities, industrial free zones and the Djibouti-Ethiopia Railway, which is one of the objectives of the Trans-African Railway to connect the Russian Ports on the Black Sea to the COMESA landlocked members and to West African countries. Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority (DPFZA), the sole administrative interface in free zones, through Great Horn Investment Holding, is developing the infrastructures needed to transform Djibouti into a business hub of Excellence for the East African region and beyond, through promotion of multimodal transportation synergy (ground-sea-air).


Kenya is in East Africa and has a coastline on the Indian Ocean. The country enjoys some particular advantages: a well-educated labour force, a vital port serving as an entry point for goods destined for countries in the East Africa and Central Africa interior, abundant wildlife and kilometres of beautiful coastline, plus a government committed to implementing business reforms. Kenya's position as the economic, commercial and logistics hub in Eastern Central Africa, positions the country as one of the best investment destinations globally. Kenya's economy has for a long time been one of the most diversified, with no oil or gas exports. The recent discovery of oil in Kenya is likely to strengthen economic growth. Other major projects include modernising the railways, seaports and airports, and developing geothermal power stations. Currently, agriculture is the main contributor to Kenya’s GDP, tea and horticulture being the leading export earners.

Royal Air Maroc Airlines – major key player in the history of aviation of Africa and beyond. Over 60 years ago two airlines – Air Atlas and Air Maroc – merged, giving birth to Royal Air Maroc on the 28th of June 1957. Today, with a young and modern fleet of 56 aircrafts Royal Air Maroc has grown a network of 97 destinations in 4 continents. Thanks to its strategic hub in Casablanca, Royal Air Maroc has been strengthening its ties with the African continent and has contributed to connect it to cities worldwide. Royal Air Maroc is the leading carrier to Africa with 33 direct destinations from Casablanca. The company’s extensive network to Africa offers same day connections to Lagos, Accra, Freetown, Dakar, Monrovia and more African destinations. The airline continued its run of success by winning The Best Regional Airline to Africa Award for three years running: 2014, 2015 and 2016 at the annual Skytrax World Airline Award. Royal Air Maroc has also been awarded the 4-star rating for the quality of its onboard product and staff service.

VRCOMM is a developer of software based on immersive technology (VR/AR/MR). The company has implemented a number of unique projects without parallel that include VR-teleportation and Russia’s first VR Shooting Club among others.

We create software and adapt the latest immersive technologies to meet the needs of an actively growing market:

  • city and country-scale virtual tours for the purpose of tourism;
  • simulators for educational institutions;
  • corporate training simulators for developing professional and social skills;
  • VR image presentations;
  • entertaining VR content.

Natural water BAIKAL PEARL comes from an artesian subsurface source at depth of more than 60 meters, in close proximity to Lake Baikal. Water from the aquifer flows into Baikal and is virtually identical to deep water, however there is a very important distinction – it contains useful minerals. Age of the water is approximately 20 million years, which is the age of Lake Baikal itself. Natural water BAIKAL PEARL is securely concealed in the formations and protected against any external impact, which guarantees its supreme quality. The bottle’s design and logo are created to enable each buyer to see his/her own Baikal in it. The key elements are petroglyphs from a cliff on the shore of Lake Baikal named Sagan Zaba, and a water line shown in a wave shape.

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