USHAKOV Yury V. – Russian Presidential Aide (Chairman of the Organizing Committee)

KOBYAKOV Anton A. – Russian Presidential Advisor (Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee - Executive Secretary)

USTINOV Vladimir V. – Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Southern Federal District

KONDRATYEV Veniamin I. – Governor of Krasnodar Krai

ABRAMOVA Irina O. – Director of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

BOGDANOV Mikhail L. – Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

BORUKAEV Oleg B. – Deputy Director of the Federal Service of the Russian National Guard

GOROVOY Alexander V. – First Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs of Russia

GUROVICH Andrey M. – Deputy Minister for Emergency Situations of Russia

DYACHENKO Sergey V. – Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Security Service

ZHILENKOV Roman N. – Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service

IVANOV Konstantin A. – Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Protocol Office

ILYICHEV Philip G. – Deputy Head of the Presidential Foreign Policy Directorate

OSMAKOV Vasily S. – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

KATYRIN Sergey N. – President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

KVASOV Aleksey G. – Deputy Head of the Presidential Experts’ Directorate

KRAEVOY Sergey A. – Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation

KRASNOV Valery N. – First Vice-President of Vi Holding Group

KRYUCHKOV Vladimir V. – Head of the Control Service of the Russian Federal Security Service

LIVINSKY Pavel A. – General Director of ROSSETI PJSC

MAKSIMOV Timur I. – Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

MAMONOV Mikhail V. – Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation

MANILOVA Alla Y. – State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation

PAKHOMOV Anatoly N. – Mayor of Sochi

POPOVA Anna Y. – Head of the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare

SLEPNEV Andrey A. – General Director of the Russian Export Center

STORCHAK Sergey A. – Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

STUGLEV Alexander A. – Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation

UMAKHANOV Ilyas Mohammed-Salamovich – Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

FOMIN Alexander V. – Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation

FRADKOV Pavel M. – Deputy Head of the Presidential Administrative Directorate

TSYBULIN Andrey M. – Chief of the Presidential Press and Information Office of the Russian Federation

SHMELEVA Elena V. – Head of the Talent and Success Foundation

SHOKHIN Alexander N. – President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

YURCHIK Alexander A. – Deputy Minister of Transport 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