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Zimbabwe set to participate at 2nd Russia-Africa summit

Story by Mercy Bofu

The Second Republic is expected to take its engagement and re-engagement drive to Russia where Zimbabwe will participate at the second edition of the Russia–Africa Summit to be held next week in St Petersburg.

According to an official programme released by organisers of the event which runs from the 27th to the 28th of July, Zimbabwe will take part in several discussions focusing on sectors such as agriculture, energy, mining, education, and politics.

The Russia-Africa Summit is aimed at strengthening relations between Russia and 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.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to be among the panellists discussing issues around integrated security and sovereign development, while the Minister of Energy and Power Development Honourable Soda Zhemu will look at cooperation in Science and Technology.

The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira will be part of the discussion around cooperation in Higher education in modern geopolitical conditions.

Zimbabwe will also be represented in discussions around the development of the mining sector and space technologies among other areas.

The country’s participation at the Russia-Africa Summit is in line with the government’s engagement and re-engagement drive.

Zimbabwe already shares cordial relations with Russia which date back to the days of the liberation struggle with the European country providing training and material support to freedom fighters.

The engagement and re-engagement drive is among the key policies that the Second Republic is implementing to ensure Zimbabwe achieves its vision of an Upper Middle-Income society by 2030.

Several events will also be held on the sidelines of the summit including the Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum, Roundtable to be attended by the supreme audit institutions, youth programme events and a Media Forum among other programmes.

A session dedicated to cooperation between Russian and African government agencies and enterprises engaged in the precious metals industry is also on the cards.

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

The summit is organised by the RosCongress Foundation. Updates will be available at https://summitafrica.ru/en/

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