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2nd Russia-Africa summit to strengthen Russia, Africa ties

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Story by Mercy Bofu

THE Second edition of the Russia–Africa Summit and Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum set for the 27th to the 28th of July in St. Petersburg, Russia will ensure strengthened and equal cooperation between Russia and African countries.

The event, to be held at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, will focus on fields such as agriculture, education, energy resources, politics and digitisation of the economy.

The events aim to comprehensively strengthen Russian-African cooperation and outline the trajectory of Russia’s relations with African countries in the long term.

In a statement released by the event organisers on their website, the forthcoming forum will contribute to the strengthening of comphensive and equal cooperation between Russia and all African countries in all dimensions that include security, economy, science, technology, culture and humanitarian practice.

More than 30 panel sessions and thematic events on the most important issues involving cooperation between Russia and African states will be held.

“The Forum’s business programme consists of four major thematic pillars that encompass all areas of cooperation between Russia and Africa: ‘The New Global Economy’, ‘Integrated Security and Sovereign Development’, ‘Cooperation in Science and Technology’, and ‘The Humanitarian and Social Sphere: Working Together for a New Quality of Life’,” reads the statement.

A number of events on the sidelines of the Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum will also be held, including a Media Forum, a roundtable to be attended by the supreme audit institutions of Russia and African countries, youth programme events, sessions of the Creative Business Forum and the Healthy Life Forum, as well as a session dedicated to cooperation between Russian and African government agencies and enterprises engaged in the precious metals industry, and much more.

The first edition of the Russia Africa forum was held in 2019 in The first Russia-Africa Summit was held in the resort city of Sochi in October 2019 under the theme, “peace, security and development”.