Gala concert featuring international figure skating stars

Location: Ice Cube Arena

Date: 24 October 2019

The gala concert will take the form of a world-class ice show featuring Russian figure skating stars. It will be an amalgamation of figure skating, theatre, music, circus arts, and the latest stage technology.

Access: by Russia–Africa Summit and Russia–Africa Economic Forum participant badge

  • 22 October 2019
    08:00–20:00
    Sirius Park of Science and Art

    EXHIBITION "HIGHLIGHTS OF RUSSIA'S SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVORS IN AFRICA"

    This exhibition is dedicated to the history of Africa’s scientific development: the portraits display a brilliant assemblage of prominent Russian researchers on the African continent – Yegor Kovalevsky, Lev Tsenkovsky, Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay, Wilhelm Junker, and Nikolay Vavilov.
    Most of the exhibition is dedicated to a little-known expedition to Ethiopia by Nikolay Gumilyov in 1913: unique historical documentary photographs from the collection of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) in St. Petersburg. The photos depict the nature and everyday life of Africa and convey the spirit of the times, while also retaining their relevance and modernity and emphasizing the peaceful nature of relations between Russia and the countries and peoples of the African continent. Visitors can follow the path through Abyssinia as they discover the aesthetics of African culture, look at ancient lands, and transport themselves more than a century back in time.
    The exhibition’s mission is to show the centuries-old traditions of cultural and scientific interaction between Russia and the countries of the African continent.

  • 22 October 2019
    09:00–18:00
    Tree of Friendship Botanical Garden (25 A, Ulitsa Yana Fabritsiusa, Sochi)

    TREE OF FRIENDSHIP BOTANICAL GARDEN

    The Tree of Friendship botanical garden is a scientific department of the All-Russian Research Institute for Floriculture and Subtropical Plants. This is a unique museum of nature and a striking symbol of friendship.
    The crown of the Tree of Friendship grew from buds grafted by representatives of 173 countries of the world. These memorial grafts were carried out by the heads of many governments, prominent societal and political figures and representatives of the sciences, culture and art and astronauts and athletes from all over the world.

    Access participants is by badge.
    vniisubtrop.ru/derevo-druzhby
    +7(862) 200-18-20
    Schedule of excursions: 10:00, 13:00,15:00

  • 22 October 2019
    09:00–17:30
    Museum of the History of the Resort city of Sochi (54/11, Ulitsa Vorovskogo)

    MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE RESORT CITY OF SOCHI

    Spread out across 14 rooms and 700 square metres, this museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore this mysterious part of the Black Sea Coast in the Caucasus. With more than 4,000 exhibits, it provides an impressive insight into the nature and history of the region, from prehistoric times to the present day. Among the museum’s highlights is its archaeological collection, which includes tools used in ancient times, gold and silver jewellery, Byzantine coins and rarities from early Christianity (6–8th centuries). Most of these exhibits were found during archaeological expeditions which took place in the run up to the Winter Olympics in 2014. The Humanity and Space exhibition features items used by cosmonauts, including space suits, food products, and a truly unique exhibit – the Soyuz 9 re-entry capsule.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7 (862) 264-23-26
    museumsochi.ru

  • 22 October 2019
    10:00–18:00
    Sochi Museum of Sporting Glory (26, Sovetskaya Ulitsa)

    SOCHI MUSEUM OF SPORTING GLORY

    The Sochi Museum of Sporting Glory was opened on 8 June 2010, and today contains over 300 exhibits. Its collections are dedicated to the city’s sporting history, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2014, and other international sporting competitions, including the football World Cup hosted by Russia in 2018. The museum also celebrates the city’s famous athletes and coaches, including Olympic champions and medallists Vladimir Kondra, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Alexey Voyevoda, among others.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7(862) 264-68-30
    museumsochi.ru/sport/1/

  • 22 October 2019
    10:00–17:30
    Sochi Art Museum (51, Kurortny Prospekt, Sochi)

    SOCHI ART MUSEUM

    Among Sochi Art Museum’s many highlights is an interactive exhibition entitled multimedia wonders, which is not only proving popular with locals, but a great many visitors to the city, too.
    The numerous multimedia exhibits include a large spherical screen resembling an enormous globe; two holographic pyramids displaying 3D images of items belonging to the museum and the Museum of the History of the Resort city of Sochi; a 5D cinema; a “space travel cockpit”; and the renowned immersive art experience.
    Stereo screens have been installed on the walls throughout the exhibition hall, depicting fine art masterpieces in 3D. Visitors have the opportunity to experience these famous works, and all without having to wear 3D glasses.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7 (862) 262-29-85

  • 23 October 2019
    08:00–20:00
    Sirius Park of Science and Art

    EXHIBITION "HIGHLIGHTS OF RUSSIA'S SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVORS IN AFRICA"

    This exhibition is dedicated to the history of Africa’s scientific development: the portraits display a brilliant assemblage of prominent Russian researchers on the African continent – Yegor Kovalevsky, Lev Tsenkovsky, Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay, Wilhelm Junker, and Nikolay Vavilov.
    Most of the exhibition is dedicated to a little-known expedition to Ethiopia by Nikolay Gumilyov in 1913: unique historical documentary photographs from the collection of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) in St. Petersburg. The photos depict the nature and everyday life of Africa and convey the spirit of the times, while also retaining their relevance and modernity and emphasizing the peaceful nature of relations between Russia and the countries and peoples of the African continent. Visitors can follow the path through Abyssinia as they discover the aesthetics of African culture, look at ancient lands, and transport themselves more than a century back in time.
    The exhibition’s mission is to show the centuries-old traditions of cultural and scientific interaction between Russia and the countries of the African continent.

  • 23 October 2019
    09:00–18:00
    To the right of the Forum plenary hall, Guided tour booking desk

    INDIVIDUAL GUIDED TOURS

    1. KRASNAYA POLYANA – Rosa Khutor Resort
    Local apiary called Two Bears with the best honey in Krasnaya Polyana + Olympic Park with tour describing the history of the Imeritinskaya Bay.
    2. EVENING SOCHI with a visit to the Sea Port and a Georgian wine tasting.
    3. Sea and Mountains Programme. With a visit to the Mount Akhun Observation Tower, the Ferris Wheel, and an hour-long sea trip on a motor yacht.
    4. SKYPARK – high-altitude adventures.
    5. Sochi Tour + Riviera Park + Mount Akhun + Sochi Seaport (yachting optional) + wine tasting in Salkhino.
    6. Rafting on Mzymta River with a picnic.
    7. Stalin’s Dacha (Summer Home) + Agursky Gorge + wine tasting in Salkhino.

    * All tour programmes depend on group demand.

    Private Tours. Price on request.
    1. Tour to the Village of Medoveevka – Local brewery with craft beer tasting.
    2. JEEPING
    3. KRASNAYA POLYANA – Rosa Khutor Resort
    4. Highlight Tour of Sochi

    Participants can order personal guided tour services at the Forum venue.Please note that individual guided tours must be paid for separately.
    Guided tour booking desk (Sirius Park of Science and Art, first floor, to the right of the Forum plenary hall)
    Contact person: Ksenia Shumikhina \ Marina Chechina
    +7 988 154 7794 (from 09:00 to 18:00, Ksenia)
    +7 999 656 2811 (from 09:00 to 18:00, Marina)
    excursion@rutasochi.ru

  • 23 October 2019
    09:00–18:00
    Tree of Friendship Botanical Garden (25 A, Ulitsa Yana Fabritsiusa, Sochi)

    TREE OF FRIENDSHIP BOTANICAL GARDEN

    The Tree of Friendship botanical garden is a scientific department of the All-Russian Research Institute for Floriculture and Subtropical Plants. This is a unique museum of nature and a striking symbol of friendship.
    The crown of the Tree of Friendship grew from buds grafted by representatives of 173 countries of the world. These memorial grafts were carried out by the heads of many governments, prominent societal and political figures and representatives of the sciences, culture and art and astronauts and athletes from all over the world.

    Access participants is by badge.
    vniisubtrop.ru/derevo-druzhby
    +7(862) 200-18-20
    Schedule of excursions: 10:00, 13:00,15:00

  • 23 October 2019
    09:00–17:30
    Museum of the History of the Resort city of Sochi (54/11, Ulitsa Vorovskogo)

    MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE RESORT CITY OF SOCHI

    Spread out across 14 rooms and 700 square metres, this museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore this mysterious part of the Black Sea Coast in the Caucasus. With more than 4,000 exhibits, it provides an impressive insight into the nature and history of the region, from prehistoric times to the present day. Among the museum’s highlights is its archaeological collection, which includes tools used in ancient times, gold and silver jewellery, Byzantine coins and rarities from early Christianity (6–8th centuries). Most of these exhibits were found during archaeological expeditions which took place in the run up to the Winter Olympics in 2014. The Humanity and Space exhibition features items used by cosmonauts, including space suits, food products, and a truly unique exhibit – the Soyuz 9 re-entry capsule.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7 (862) 264-23-26
    museumsochi.ru

  • 23 October 2019
    10:00–18:00
    Sochi Museum of Sporting Glory (26, Sovetskaya Ulitsa)

    SOCHI MUSEUM OF SPORTING GLORY

    The Sochi Museum of Sporting Glory was opened on 8 June 2010, and today contains over 300 exhibits. Its collections are dedicated to the city’s sporting history, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2014, and other international sporting competitions, including the football World Cup hosted by Russia in 2018. The museum also celebrates the city’s famous athletes and coaches, including Olympic champions and medallists Vladimir Kondra, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Alexey Voyevoda, among others.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7(862) 264-68-30
    museumsochi.ru/sport/1/

  • 23 October 2019
    10:00–17:30
    Sochi Art Museum (51, Kurortny Prospekt, Sochi)

    SOCHI ART MUSEUM

    Among Sochi Art Museum’s many highlights is an interactive exhibition entitled multimedia wonders, which is not only proving popular with locals, but a great many visitors to the city, too.
    The numerous multimedia exhibits include a large spherical screen resembling an enormous globe; two holographic pyramids displaying 3D images of items belonging to the museum and the Museum of the History of the Resort city of Sochi; a 5D cinema; a “space travel cockpit”; and the renowned immersive art experience.
    Stereo screens have been installed on the walls throughout the exhibition hall, depicting fine art masterpieces in 3D. Visitors have the opportunity to experience these famous works, and all without having to wear 3D glasses.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7 (862) 262-29-85

  • 23 October 2019
    16:00–17:30
    Sirius Park of Science and Art

    TOUR OF SIRIUS SCIENCE AND ART PARK

    Themed tour of the Smart City exhibition.
    The tour focuses on the concept of a smart city, the technologies that make large cities comfortable and convenient for their residents, as well as the specific problems of smart cities and their solutions, which are applied today in the world’s largest and most developed cities.
    In the course of the tour, visitors may get acquainted with modern technological solutions in education, health, transport and leisure, with Moscow as an example. They are involved in a creative search for solutions to the problems facing the city, and find ways to solve them.
    During the tour, visitors will have a chance to learn about:
    - World’s best smart cities: Singapore, London, Shanghai, Barcelona, Moscow, New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney.
    - IT in a big city: Big Data, blockchain, neural networks, how they are used in city management – the future is near;
    - Modern transport systems: from buses and metro to alternative transport systems;
    - Health, education and leisure of city residents: how modern technologies are changing the social sphere of a big city;
    - Urban economy, resource accounting and technological transport in a smart city;
    - Technologies of relations between citizens and government in a smart city, digital services.

    The tour is conducted in English.
    Guided tour booking stand Main Media Centre, first floor, next to entrance 1
    Access participants is by badge.
    Please note invitations are limited.

  • 24 October 2019
    08:00–20:00
    Sirius Park of Science and Art

    EXHIBITION "HIGHLIGHTS OF RUSSIA'S SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVORS IN AFRICA"

    This exhibition is dedicated to the history of Africa’s scientific development: the portraits display a brilliant assemblage of prominent Russian researchers on the African continent – Yegor Kovalevsky, Lev Tsenkovsky, Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay, Wilhelm Junker, and Nikolay Vavilov.
    Most of the exhibition is dedicated to a little-known expedition to Ethiopia by Nikolay Gumilyov in 1913: unique historical documentary photographs from the collection of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) in St. Petersburg. The photos depict the nature and everyday life of Africa and convey the spirit of the times, while also retaining their relevance and modernity and emphasizing the peaceful nature of relations between Russia and the countries and peoples of the African continent. Visitors can follow the path through Abyssinia as they discover the aesthetics of African culture, look at ancient lands, and transport themselves more than a century back in time.
    The exhibition’s mission is to show the centuries-old traditions of cultural and scientific interaction between Russia and the countries of the African continent.

  • 24 October 2019
    09:00–17:30
    Museum of the History of the Resort city of Sochi (54/11, Ulitsa Vorovskogo)

    MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE RESORT CITY OF SOCHI

    Spread out across 14 rooms and 700 square metres, this museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore this mysterious part of the Black Sea Coast in the Caucasus. With more than 4,000 exhibits, it provides an impressive insight into the nature and history of the region, from prehistoric times to the present day. Among the museum’s highlights is its archaeological collection, which includes tools used in ancient times, gold and silver jewellery, Byzantine coins and rarities from early Christianity (6–8th centuries). Most of these exhibits were found during archaeological expeditions which took place in the run up to the Winter Olympics in 2014. The Humanity and Space exhibition features items used by cosmonauts, including space suits, food products, and a truly unique exhibit – the Soyuz 9 re-entry capsule.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7 (862) 264-23-26
    museumsochi.ru

  • 24 October 2019
    09:00–18:00
    To the right of the Forum plenary hall, Guided tour booking desk

    INDIVIDUAL GUIDED TOURS

    1. KRASNAYA POLYANA – Rosa Khutor Resort
    Local apiary called Two Bears with the best honey in Krasnaya Polyana + Olympic Park with tour describing the history of the Imeritinskaya Bay.
    2. EVENING SOCHI with a visit to the Sea Port and a Georgian wine tasting.
    3. Sea and Mountains Programme. With a visit to the Mount Akhun Observation Tower, the Ferris Wheel, and an hour-long sea trip on a motor yacht.
    4. SKYPARK – high-altitude adventures.
    5. Sochi Tour + Riviera Park + Mount Akhun + Sochi Seaport (yachting optional) + wine tasting in Salkhino.
    6. Rafting on Mzymta River with a picnic.
    7. Stalin’s Dacha (Summer Home) + Agursky Gorge + wine tasting in Salkhino.

    * All tour programmes depend on group demand.

    Private Tours. Price on request.
    1. Tour to the Village of Medoveevka – Local brewery with craft beer tasting.
    2. JEEPING
    3. KRASNAYA POLYANA – Rosa Khutor Resort
    4. Highlight Tour of Sochi

    Participants can order personal guided tour services at the Forum venue.Please note that individual guided tours must be paid for separately.
    Guided tour booking desk (Sirius Park of Science and Art, first floor, to the right of the Forum plenary hall)
    Contact person: Ksenia Shumikhina \ Marina Chechina
    +7 988 154 7794 (from 09:00 to 18:00, Ksenia)
    +7 999 656 2811 (from 09:00 to 18:00, Marina)
    excursion@rutasochi.ru

  • 24 October 2019
    09:00–18:00
    Tree of Friendship Botanical Garden (25 A, Ulitsa Yana Fabritsiusa, Sochi)

    TREE OF FRIENDSHIP BOTANICAL GARDEN

    The Tree of Friendship botanical garden is a scientific department of the All-Russian Research Institute for Floriculture and Subtropical Plants. This is a unique museum of nature and a striking symbol of friendship.
    The crown of the Tree of Friendship grew from buds grafted by representatives of 173 countries of the world. These memorial grafts were carried out by the heads of many governments, prominent societal and political figures and representatives of the sciences, culture and art and astronauts and athletes from all over the world.

    Access participants is by badge.
    vniisubtrop.ru/derevo-druzhby
    +7(862) 200-18-20
    Schedule of excursions: 10:00, 13:00,15:00

  • 24 October 2019
    10:00–17:30
    Sochi Art Museum (51, Kurortny Prospekt, Sochi)

    SOCHI ART MUSEUM

    Among Sochi Art Museum’s many highlights is an interactive exhibition entitled multimedia wonders, which is not only proving popular with locals, but a great many visitors to the city, too.
    The numerous multimedia exhibits include a large spherical screen resembling an enormous globe; two holographic pyramids displaying 3D images of items belonging to the museum and the Museum of the History of the Resort city of Sochi; a 5D cinema; a “space travel cockpit”; and the renowned immersive art experience.
    Stereo screens have been installed on the walls throughout the exhibition hall, depicting fine art masterpieces in 3D. Visitors have the opportunity to experience these famous works, and all without having to wear 3D glasses.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7 (862) 262-29-85

  • 24 October 2019
    10:00–18:00
    Sochi Museum of Sporting Glory (26, Sovetskaya Ulitsa)

    SOCHI MUSEUM OF SPORTING GLORY

    The Sochi Museum of Sporting Glory was opened on 8 June 2010, and today contains over 300 exhibits. Its collections are dedicated to the city’s sporting history, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2014, and other international sporting competitions, including the football World Cup hosted by Russia in 2018. The museum also celebrates the city’s famous athletes and coaches, including Olympic champions and medallists Vladimir Kondra, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Alexey Voyevoda, among others.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7(862) 264-68-30
    museumsochi.ru/sport/1/

  • 24 October 2019
    16:00–17:30
    Sirius Park of Science and Art

    TOUR OF SIRIUS SCIENCE AND ART PARK

    Themed tour of the Smart City exhibition.
    The tour focuses on the concept of a smart city, the technologies that make large cities comfortable and convenient for their residents, as well as the specific problems of smart cities and their solutions, which are applied today in the world’s largest and most developed cities.
    In the course of the tour, visitors may get acquainted with modern technological solutions in education, health, transport and leisure, with Moscow as an example. They are involved in a creative search for solutions to the problems facing the city, and find ways to solve them.
    During the tour, visitors will have a chance to learn about:
    - World’s best smart cities: Singapore, London, Shanghai, Barcelona, Moscow, New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney.
    - IT in a big city: Big Data, blockchain, neural networks, how they are used in city management – the future is near;
    - Modern transport systems: from buses and metro to alternative transport systems;
    - Health, education and leisure of city residents: how modern technologies are changing the social sphere of a big city;
    - Urban economy, resource accounting and technological transport in a smart city;
    - Technologies of relations between citizens and government in a smart city, digital services.

    The tour is conducted in Russian
    Guided tour booking stand Main Media Centre, first floor, next to entrance 1
    Access participants is by badge.
    Please note invitations are limited.

  • 24 October 2019
    19:00–21:30
    Winter Theatre, 2 Teatralnaya Ul., Sochi

    CONCERT BY THE SOCHI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “RACHMANINOFF”

    Soloist – Yekaterina MECHETINA (piano)
    Sergey RACHMANINOFF
    (1873–1943)
    “Vocalise” for a symphony orchestra, Op. 34 (1912);
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in F♯ minor, Op. 1 (1891);
    Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (1907)
    Orchestra solo – Danil Babin (clarinet)
    Sochi Symphony Orchestra
    Artistic Director and Conductor – ANTON LUBCHENKO

    Duration – 2 hours 30 minutes with intermission
    +7 (862) 262 2006
    Forum participants must cover the cost of the ticket at the box office or on the website: skfo.online/afisha/

  • 25 October 2019
    09:00–17:30
    Museum of the History of the Resort city of Sochi (54/11, Ulitsa Vorovskogo)

    MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE RESORT CITY OF SOCHI

    Spread out across 14 rooms and 700 square metres, this museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore this mysterious part of the Black Sea Coast in the Caucasus. With more than 4,000 exhibits, it provides an impressive insight into the nature and history of the region, from prehistoric times to the present day. Among the museum’s highlights is its archaeological collection, which includes tools used in ancient times, gold and silver jewellery, Byzantine coins and rarities from early Christianity (6–8th centuries). Most of these exhibits were found during archaeological expeditions which took place in the run up to the Winter Olympics in 2014. The Humanity and Space exhibition features items used by cosmonauts, including space suits, food products, and a truly unique exhibit – the Soyuz 9 re-entry capsule.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7 (862) 264-23-26
    museumsochi.ru

  • 25 October 2019
    09:00–18:00
    Tree of Friendship Botanical Garden (25 A, Ulitsa Yana Fabritsiusa, Sochi)

    TREE OF FRIENDSHIP BOTANICAL GARDEN

    The Tree of Friendship botanical garden is a scientific department of the All-Russian Research Institute for Floriculture and Subtropical Plants. This is a unique museum of nature and a striking symbol of friendship.
    The crown of the Tree of Friendship grew from buds grafted by representatives of 173 countries of the world. These memorial grafts were carried out by the heads of many governments, prominent societal and political figures and representatives of the sciences, culture and art and astronauts and athletes from all over the world.

    Access participants is by badge.
    vniisubtrop.ru/derevo-druzhby
    +7(862) 200-18-20
    Schedule of excursions: 10:00, 13:00,15:00

  • 25 October 2019
    10:00–18:00
    Sochi Museum of Sporting Glory (26, Sovetskaya Ulitsa)

    SOCHI MUSEUM OF SPORTING GLORY

    The Sochi Museum of Sporting Glory was opened on 8 June 2010, and today contains over 300 exhibits. Its collections are dedicated to the city’s sporting history, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2014, and other international sporting competitions, including the football World Cup hosted by Russia in 2018. The museum also celebrates the city’s famous athletes and coaches, including Olympic champions and medallists Vladimir Kondra, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Alexey Voyevoda, among others.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7(862) 264-68-30
    museumsochi.ru/sport/1/

  • 25 October 2019
    10:00–17:30
    Sochi Art Museum (51, Kurortny Prospekt, Sochi)

    SOCHI ART MUSEUM

    Among Sochi Art Museum’s many highlights is an interactive exhibition entitled multimedia wonders, which is not only proving popular with locals, but a great many visitors to the city, too.
    The numerous multimedia exhibits include a large spherical screen resembling an enormous globe; two holographic pyramids displaying 3D images of items belonging to the museum and the Museum of the History of the Resort city of Sochi; a 5D cinema; a “space travel cockpit”; and the renowned immersive art experience.
    Stereo screens have been installed on the walls throughout the exhibition hall, depicting fine art masterpieces in 3D. Visitors have the opportunity to experience these famous works, and all without having to wear 3D glasses.

    Access participants is by badge.
    +7 (862) 262-29-85

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