• Yuri Ushakov
    Aide to the President of the Russian Federation (Chairman of the Organizing Committee)

  • Anton Kobyakov
    Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation (Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Executive Secretary)

  • Irina Abramova
    Director of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • Alaxander Beglov
    Governor of St. Petersburg

  • Mikhail Bogdanov
    Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

  • Alexander Babakov
    Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma

  • Leonid Gerbanovsky
    Head of the Department for the Security of Major International and Mass Sporting Events of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

  • Alexey Gruzdev
    Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

  • Nikita Gusakov
    Senior Vice President of Russian Export Centre and CEO of EXIAR

  • Alexandra Dronova
    State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation

  • Sergey Dyachenko
    Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Security Service

  • Roman Zhilenkov
    First Deputy Director of a Department of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation

  • Dmitry Zverev
    State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation

  • Konstantin Ivanov
    Deputy Head of the Protocol Office of the President of the Russian Federation

  • Vladimir Ilyichev
    Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

  • Filip Ilyichev
    Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Office of the President of the Russian Federation

  • Alexander Kalinin
    President of the OPORA Russia All-Russian Public Organization

  • Sergey Katyrin
    President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

  • Sergey Korolev
    First Deputy Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation

  • Konstantin Kosachev
    Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council

  • Ekaterina Larina
    Director of the Department for the Development of Mass Communications and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media of the Russian Federation

  • Svetlana Lukash
    Deputy Head of the Expert Office of the Russian President

  • Andrey Mayorov
    First Deputy General Director and Chief Engineer of Rosseti

  • Timur Maksimov
    Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

  • Alla Manilova
    State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation

  • Igor Morozov
    Member of the Russian Federation Council’s Committee on Economic Policy and Chairman of the Coordinating Committee for Economic Cooperation with African Countries

  • Leonid Gorbachev (Metropolitan of Klin)
    Patriarchal Exarch of Africa

  • Oleg Ozerov
    Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Head of the Secretariat of the Russia–Africa Partnership Forum

  • Svetlana Orlova
    Auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

  • Alexey Pavlov
    Deputy Director of the Office of the Press Service and Information of the Russian President

  • Viktor Podkolzin
    Director of the Office for the Protection of Public Order of the Russian National Guard

  • Anna Popova
    Director of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing

  • Vladimir Poteshkin
    Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency

  • Yevgeny Primakov
    Director of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation

  • Alexey Repik
    Chairman of the Business Russia All-Russian Public Organization

  • Alexander Saltanov
    Chairman of the Association for Economic Cooperation with African Countries

  • Lyubov Sovershayeva
    Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Northwestern Federal District

  • Alexander Stuglev
    Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation

  • Alexander Fomin
    Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation

  • Pavel Fradkov
    First Deputy Head of the Administrative Directorate of the President of the Russian Federation

  • Fyodor Chernitsyn
    Deputy Head of the Secretariat of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation A. Overchuk

  • Alexander Chupriyan
    First Deputy Minister for Civil Defence, Emergency Situations, and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters of the Russian Federation

  • Svetlana Chupsheva
    General Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects

  • Alexander Shokhin
    President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

  • Alexander Yakovenko
    Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

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