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Russia–Africa Summit preparations gather momentum

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By Reginald Tapfumaneyi

In a briefing with representatives of the African Diplomatic Corps accredited to Moscow recently, the Russian Foreign Ministry said preparations for the Russia-Africa Summit scheduled for October 23 are now at an advanced stage.

Addressing the meeting, Russian Federation President’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said the summit running under the theme ‘Uncovering Potential for Cooperation is a major boost for Russia-Africa relations.

‘For a further advancement of Russia—Africa collaboration a powerful impetus is required, so the Summit is of obvious importance and relevance. This is a landmark event called on to provide a new platform for developing the entire complex of the Russian—African ties and to make a crucial contribution to forming a future architecture of the relations between the Russian Federation and the States of Africa and the regional organizations,’ Mikhail Bogdanov noted.

 He described the summit as of crowning significance following a series of events that will take place during the summit that is tailor made to develop existing relations between Africa and Russia.

Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the Russian President said during the Summit, a Russia—Africa Economic Forum will also take place.

‘This Forum will be a major and a vital step in creating the most favorable conditions for promoting trade and economic relations between Russia and the countries of Africa.

‘The Forum will make it possible to diversify the forms and spheres of Russia—Africa cooperation,’ stressed Anton Kobyakov, 

The plenary session will center on the main theme of the Forum – ‘Uncovering Potential for Cooperation’. Participants will discuss key areas for partnership based on three thematic pillars: ‘Forging Economic Ties’, ‘Creating Joint Projects’, ‘Collaborating in the Humanitarian and Social Sector.’

Mr. Anton noted that it will be difficult to overstate the importance of developing Russia-Africa cooperation as Africa is not only a booming sales market but a strategically important partner in scientific and technical cooperation, development of oil, gas projects and agribusiness.

The Forum’s business sessions will focus on opportunities in Africa, security risks, prospects for economic development and digital transformation, cooperation in nuclear technologies, ways to improve the quality of life on the continent.

 Participants will also discuss joint projects in oil and gas industry, transport infrastructure as well as collaboration between Russian and African banks. One of the main topics will be the Russian Industrial Zone set to operate within the Egypt’s Suez Canal Economic Zone.

More than 3,000 representatives of African business as well as CEOs of Russian companies and leading international experts will take part in discussions held as part of the Forum’s business programme.

 A large number of cooperation agreements are to be signed in various sectors. The Forum will help to unlock the potential of the current economic agenda and contribute to developing the mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and the African continent.

An exhibition of the Russian—African partnership will be organized as part of the Forum. It will serve as a key platform for demonstrating achievements and potential opportunities in economics, science, ecology, culture to name a few.

 Exhibitors will present landmark projects and advanced technologies in mining, engineering, energy, agriculture, transport, healthcare and military-industrial complex as well as other areas where Russia and African countries develop investment and export potential.

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