On October 23-24, 2019, the first “Russia-Africa” Summit and Economic Forum in the history of Russian-African relations was held in Sochi and was chaired by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi. Heads of state and government from more than 40 African countries attended the event.
The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and The Russian Committee of Solidarity and Cooperation with the peoples of Asia and Africa held full-fledged meetings with the President of the Republic of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou and the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio, as well as working discussions with the President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso, the President of the Republic of the Gambia Adama Barrow, and politicians and public figures from other African countries.
During the meetings, the parties discussed current issues of Russian-African cooperation. Similarities in the countries’ positions on important aspects of the international agenda were noted. The African partners spoke warmly about Russia, emphasizing its significant historical role in obtaining and maintaining their independence.
The participants also discussed trade, economic and investment cooperation, development of telecommunication, training of professional workforce.
The head of the delegation, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, President of the Russian Committee of Solidarity and Cooperation with the peoples of Asia and Africa Iliyas Magomed-Salamovich Umakhanov outlined Russian firm intention to strenghten cooperation with African countries in all key areas. “Russia is returning to Africa,” he said.