On October 28, at 11:00, the Valdai Discussion Club will host an expert discussion, titled “Russia-Africa: What’s Next? The Second Wind of Russian-African Relations.”
The first Russia-Africa Summit in history has shown a steady growth of African leaders’ and business community’s interest in cooperation with Russia. The reason is historical memory about Soviet assistance in the fight against apartheid, as well as genetic fear against the power of "neocolonialism" in its modern interpretation.
For 20 years Russia did not show an active economic interest toward the African continent, and big players like China, India and European countries have been developing a strategy for interacting with Africa. This temporarily served as an “impetus” for Africa to get out of poverty and eliminate isolation from key economic processes in the world. African countries are firmly considered as begging ones and funded from outside.
Will the Russia-Africa summit be a turning point in the history of relations between Russia and African countries? What do Africans expect from Russian colleagues? What can Russia offer to African partners? What are the practical implementations of all the agreements signed during the Summit and the business forum? Participants in the expert discussion will answer these and other questions.
Dr. Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya, Ambassador of Rwanda to Russia;
Oleg Ozerov, Deputy Director of the Africa Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia;
Nathalia Zaiser, Chair of the Board/Founder, Africa Business Initiative Union.