EYEAFRICA TV: Sochi, Russia: Various African country leaders exchanged thoughts with Russian President Vladimir Putin on deeper collaboration at the first Russia-Africa Summit, which was held Wednesday and Thursday in Sochi, Russia.
Leaders of various African countries attended the summit and agreed that the partnership between Russia and Africa should reach higher levels across different sectors.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said the historic relationship between Africa with Russia, China, India and other third world countries can bring about stability in the world.
“Therefore I am always most pleased to visit the Russian Federation, because it carries the heritage of the glory of the Soviet Union. The historic relationship between Africa, on the one hand, with Russia, China, India and the other third world countries on the other hand, can bring about stability in the world through balanced and mutually beneficial trade, investments and tourism,” he said.
Angolan President Joao Lourenco visited Russia this April to attend a bilateral business forum in Moscow. He said Thursday that the partnership between Russia and Africa has not yet reached the desired levels, and promised to help ensure real economic cooperation.
“We are not just looking for help. There is great potential on both sides to be achieved. But in the first place we are conducting real economic cooperation between our states that began during my visit in April,” said Lourenco.
Speaking at a formal meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit, Algerian Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah stressed the need to give more efficiency to the activity of African countries in the decision-making process at the global level. Notably through the reform of the United Nations Security Council and a greater participation of the African Union within the UN body.
During his opening remarks, President Putin said that in addition to military and security cooperation with Africa, his government is committed to combat the Ebola virus with aid, and offer training sessions from Russian universities.
Figures presented by Putin on Thursday show that trade between Russia and African has grown twice in the last five years, especially in the oil and gas fields, as well as in the technology sector.