Staying International: Roscongress Shares Results and Plans

The congress and exhibition events in 2022 confirmed the willingness of friendly states to cooperate with Russia. In the past year, events organized by the Roscongress Foundation were attended by more than 30,000 participants from more than 140 countries and territories, and over 80 official delegations took part in the business programme of the events that offered over 600 sessions.

Egypt became the guest country of the 25th SPIEF. The Eastern Economic Forum was attended by the Prime Ministers of Myanmar, Armenia, and Mongolia, as well as the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People's Republic of China. Business dialogues between Russia and India, China, Vietnam, Egypt, ASEAN, Africa, and other countries, as well as regional associations successfully took place during SPIEF and EEF.

Cultural contacts have been expanded, both during the main events and new international ones abroad. In November, for example, the international conference called ‘Values and Opportunities in a Multipolar World’ was held in the UAE on the occasion of the Dresden Opera Ball.

“A rich business agenda is planned for 2023. The guest country of SPIEF will be the UAE. A new format for interaction between Russian and foreign businesses will be implemented within the Foundation’s key projects (SPIEF, EEF, and REW) – SME International Cooperation Day, in which representatives of small and medium-sized businesses are expected to take an active part. The 2nd Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum will take place from 26–29 July. In the autumn of 2023, the Verona Eurasian Economic Forum will take place, organized jointly with the Conoscere Eurasia Association. In November 2023, the UAE will host an international business forum. We are also considering a number of other events in Africa and the Middle East. I invite everyone to cooperate – both on the sidelines of the Foundation’s events and as part of other events,” said Alexander Stuglev, CEO and Chairman of the Roscongress Foundation.

In the coming year, the Roscongress Foundation plans to enter foreign markets and open a network of project offices in friendly countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America under the Roscongress International brand. The task of the project offices will be both to provide information and analytical support to Russian partners and investment projects in the region, and to organize business events, business missions and thematic exhibitions. The Roscongress Foundation has agreed to jointly support the Made in Russia brand with the Russian Export Center. These activities will be aimed at promoting Russian goods on the international market. An initiative for voluntary ‘Made in Russia’ certification for domestic manufacturers has already been implemented.

The dates of the largest convention and exhibition events have been confirmed: St. Petersburg International Legal Forum (11–13 May), St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (14–17 June), Eastern Economic Forum (5–6 September), and Russian Energy Week (11–13 October).

Over the years of its existence, the African Union has established itself as an effective mechanism for multilateral political, economic and humanitarian cooperation. This influential international organisation plays an important role in settling local conflicts and crises and strengthening neighbourly relations, security and stability on the African continent.

For Russia, African states have always been and remain important and reliable partners. We are united by the desire to build a just multipolar world order based on true equality and the rule of international law, free from any form of discrimination, coercive diktat or sanctions pressure.

The first ever Russia-Africa summit held in 2019 created good conditions for stepping up our traditionally friendly relations, both bilaterally and multilaterally. I am confident that the second summit in this format, to be held in St Petersburg in July, will allow us to set new goals for expanding cooperation between the Russian Federation and its African partners in a wide range of areas, such as addressing topical issues on the regional and international agenda.

It will be my pleasure to welcome you in St Petersburg. I look forward to continuing to work together constructively for the benefit of our countries and peoples, and in the interests of the peaceful and prosperous development of the African continent.

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