Putin proposes strengthening of bilateral ties between Russia and Africa

Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has called for the strengthening of relations between Russia and Africa as he prepares to host numerous African countries at the first Russia-Africa Economic Forum in Sochi from 23-24 October. Speaking on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit, Putin, acknowledges that investment in Africa is booming and that Russia will look to already established connections first. 

“Russian-African relations, which have traditionally been friendly and partner-like, have intensified significantly in recent years both at the bilateral level and in various multilateral formats. We have not only managed to preserve the experience gained from fruitful co-operation in the past, but have also achieved new major successes,” he said.

The forum will focus around three pillars: Forging Economic Ties; Creating Joint Projects; and Collaborating in the Humanitarian and Social Sector. Participants will mull over issues such as expanding funding for joint Russian-African transactions, digital transformation, cybersecurity and the economic sovereignty of African countries, with Putin confirming that Russia will offer Africa their scientific and technological developments, as well as experience in rejuvenating energy, transport, and communication infrastructure.

And Putin hopes this will lead to more co-operation between Russia and Africa.

“I hope that new areas and forms of co-operation will be outlined during the Forum and promising joint initiatives will be put forward that will help take Russian-African collaboration to a whole new level and develop our economies and the prosperity of our people,” Putin concluded.

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