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Russia-Africa Summit a success

27 October 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has wrapped up his working visit to the Russian Federation, where he attended the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit.

Photo: SA President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering an address during plenary of the first Russia-Africa Summit held in Sochi in the Russian Federation (Kopano Tlape GCIS)

At the end of the two-day high-level engagement, the President described the gathering as a meaningful interaction, which “exceeded” his expectation.

“This has been a successful summit. It started off with the business sectors from various countries in Africa interacting with the Russian business sector in an exchange that was most productive.

“The businesses that came from South Africa spanned a number of sectors of the economy, and their engagement with Russian businesses in mining and Information Communication Technology (ICT) and oil extraction, amongst others, were quite meaningful,” President Ramaphosa said.

The summit, which was attended by more than 40 African leaders from 23 – 24 October 2019 in Sochi, aimed to intensify and enhance Russia’s cooperation with African countries at bilateral and multilateral levels.

The summit also aimed to forge closer collaboration on regional and international issues of common interest, raise strategic dialogue between Russia and African countries to a qualitatively higher level, and contribute to peace, security and sustainable development on the African continent.

President Ramaphosa commended Russia for the support it provided to African countries during the struggle against colonialism and apartheid, and likened the Russia-Africa forum to a second wave of support by Russia towards the economic developmental agenda of Africa.

The President said he was encouraged by engagement with Russia, which is based on mutual respect and that countries will engage as equals in dealing with their challenges and developmental issues.

The summit was framed around three thematic pillars, namely Forging Economic Ties, Creating Joint Projects, and Collaborating in the Humanitarian and Social Sector.



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