Dakar, Senegal (ADV) – Andrey Slepnev, Head of the Russian Export Center, has observed that the interest of African countries to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia, has urged President Vladimir Putin to host the first Russia-Africa summit.
Slepnev said Russia welcomes the expressed business interest of Africans and assured that Moscow will maximize its efforts to make the Sochi summit a success.
Slepnev made the remarks recently at the end of the first preparatory meeting in Sochi of the upcoming Russia-Africa summit to be held in Sochi in October 2019.
He expressed assurance in the vast potentials of Russia to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with Africa and strengthen the bilateral and multilateral business relations between Russia and Africa.
The Modern Diplomacy publication which captured the preparatory meeting on 19 March said Major Russian businesses view Africa as a promising place for investment, adding that the energy and mining sectors along with agriculture, manufacturing, transport, and infrastructure pose the greatest interest.
Meanwhile, the Roscongress Foundation together with Russian Export Center are the key institutions responsible for preparation and holding of the summit and other events for the general shareholder meeting of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the business conference.
The Roscongress Foundation was established in December 2015 with the aim to improve Russia’s global image, increase efficiency when implementing economic policy, and foster an environment conducive to cooperation between Russian and international leaders in the business and political communities.
The Foundation primarily organizes and runs multilateral and international events, summits, round table discussions, conferences, seminars, business meetings, presentations, exhibitions, and festivals.
The idea to hold a Russia-Africa summit in Sochi was initiated by President Vladimir Putin at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Johannesburg in July 2018.
The Russia–Africa summit is expected to be attended by African heads of state and government and as many as 3,000 African businessmen, according to the official meeting report.
© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng