Business programme

Russia – Africa

16 Jun , 17:00–18:15
Business Dialogue
Congress Centre, conference hall D3

Given the extreme pressure that sanctions have put on Russia, which for the past 30 years has unsuccessfully sought to become part of the Western world, it is time for the country to part with illusions and reconsider its foreign economic strategy, while pivoting towards regions that are turning from outsiders into significant players in the international political and economic arena and are ready to cooperate with Russia on a mutually beneficial and equal basis. The African continent is one such centre of global development. In order to intensify Russian-African cooperation, it is crucial to clarify its priorities, which today, of course, include ensuring food and energy security, developing new forms of financial settlements, and cooperation in innovation, technology, healthcare, education, and culture. There is also great potential for collaboration among integration associations that include Russia and African states. In addition, we also need to ask ourselves: in the current environment, is Russia not entitled to take advantage of the opportunities that Africa offers for the Russian economy and security?

Irina Abramova, Director, Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Natalia Bocharova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
Nevein Gamea, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo, President, Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
Ahmed Zaghdar, Minister of Industry of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
Dmitry Konyaev, General Director, URALCHEM
Felix Moloua, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
Igor Morozov, Member of the Committee for Economy Policy of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation
Alexey Nikolov, General Director, RT TV Channel
Roman Panov, First Vice President, Gazprombank
Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Front row participants
Sergey Glazyev, Member of the Board, Minister in Charge of Integration and Macroeconomics, Eurasian Economic Commission
Sekai Irene Nzenza, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Republic of Zimbabwe
Nikolay Novichkov, Member of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on the Development of the Far East and the Arctic
Andrey Serov, General Director, Mediapraktika
Lamine Seydou Traore, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water, Republic of Mali