The first Russian-African Economic Forum will be organized in 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Reuters

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NEWSROOM (ADV) – Heads of State and representatives of Russian and African affairs are pledging to organize the first Economic Forum to be held in the Krasnodar Krai resort in Russia next October.

The agreement on the organization of this event was obtained during an appointment between Anton Kobyakov, advisor to President Vladimir Putin, and Benedict Oramah, chairman of the board of the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank), announced the press service of the Roscongress public foundation.

The aim will be to create a basis for continuing the high-level dialogue between countries in the context of future business events.

The coming events will be unprecedented in relations between Russia and African countries. They will be a vector for the development of multilateral contacts for the next decades, “said Anton Kobyakov.

He emphasized the strategic importance and benefits of mutual cooperation with Africa. He therefore expressed the hope that these inter-State meetings will become traditional.

The Russian Federation agrees on military and technical cooperation with sixteen African countries.

“Russia has always been a powerful partner for us. It has supported Africa especially in its struggle for independence. This cooperation has lasted for many years and we are happy to start cooperating with the Government of the Russian Federation again,” said Bénédict Oramah.

Russia has the necessary capabilities, power and experience to help African countries develop.

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