Visiting Lounge of the Eurasian Women’s Forum

On 6 December, the Eurasian Women’s Forum hosted a visiting lounge entitled ‘Women’s Health, Wellbeing of the Nation’ in Moscow. Auxillia Mnangagwa, the head of The Angel of Hope Foundation and the wife of the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe attended the event that was organized by the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum with the support from the Roscongress Foundation. 

Participants of the event discussed multilateral cooperation between Russia and Africa in the field of public health, new approaches to medical care provision, health saving technologies, and tools to promote healthy lifestyles. Another topic for discussion was the development of an educational medical prevention programme for women from Zimbabwe. The Angel of Hope Foundation, under the leadership of Auxillia Mnangagwa, promotes education and medical care for underprivileged families and assists women in difficult life situations. 

During the meeting, Mrs. Mnangagwa said: “My charity foundation The Angel of Hope does a lot of work in diagnostics and prevention of different diseases, including cancer, but by working in partnership with Russia, we can achieve better results. Making medicines, diagnostics, and therapy more accessible is our top priority. I thank Russia for its help.”

They also discussed further participation of the African delegation in the business programme of the upcoming major Russian forums, including the Eurasian Women’s Forum “Women’s Health, Wellbeing of the Nation” and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, where the implementation of social programmes aimed at maintaining the health of nations will be discussed. They include programmes to support maternity and women’s health. 

“I believe that sharing experience in the successful implementation of social programmes and projects aimed at improving the quality of life of Russian and African citizens will have a positive impact on deepening partnerships and the formation of joint social initiatives,” said Galina Karelova, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. 

The event was attended by Galina Karelova, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Tatiana Yakovleva, First Deputy Head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency; Olga Zabralova, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy; Oksana Drapkina, Director of the National Medical Research Centre for Therapy and Preventive Medicine of the Russian Ministry of Health, Head of the ‘Women’s Health, Wellbeing of the Nation’; Anastasia Stolkova, First Deputy CEO for Development, Roscongress Foundation, Head of the ‘Women for a Healthy Society’ Project; Elena Zhidkova, Head of the Central Directorate of Health Anastasia f Russian Railways, and others.

From the Republic of Zimbabwe, the meeting was also attended by Muponisi Dzapasi, Chargé d'affaires ad interim of the Republic of Zimbabwe to Russia; Stephen Banda, Director of Health Planning and Economic Policy, Ministry of Health and Children Affairs; Rebecca Kavia, Director of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development; Mbendera Memori, Chief Adviser for Youth Affairs and Empowerment, Ministry of Youth, Sport and Action; Venus Muschinga, Advisor on noncommunicable diseases at the Ministry of Health and Children’s Affairs. 

Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum will be held in St. Petersburg in July 2023.

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