Russia-Africa summit
Russia-Africa summit

South Africa expects the first Russia-Africa summit to encourage South-North Cooperation in various technical fields as well as to promote economic development, the Presidency said on Monday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African delegation to the summit scheduled for October 23-24 in Sochi, the Presidency said in a statement.

The summit will contribute towards the overall objective of addressing the aspirations of African countries as encapsulated in Agenda 2063, presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said.

As the continental development blueprint, Agenda 2063 calls for a people-centered developmental process that ensures economic diversification and growth in order to eradicate poverty, unemployment and inequality.

The summit is expected to deepen friendly relations between Russia and African countries at both bilateral and multilateral levels, forge closer collaboration on regional and international issues of common interest, and contribute to peace, security and sustainable development on the African continent, said Diko.

African countries and Russia will raise strategic dialogue to a qualitatively higher level, the spokesperson said.

The discussions at the summit are framed by three thematic pillars: “Forging Economic Ties,” “Creating Joint Projects,” and “Collaborating in the Humanitarian and Social Sector.”

Bilateral relations between South Africa and Russia are at optimal level and continue to grow from strength to strength, Diko said.

The two countries have signed more than 38 bilateral agreements and/or memoranda of understanding since establishing diplomatic ties in 1992.

One of the primary mechanisms for improving the bilateral relationship between the two countries and advancing South Africa’s development objectives is the Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC).

Close relationship has also manifested in both countries consistently adopting common positions around key issues facing the world at the United Nations, African Union and other international forums, Diko said. Enditem

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