Modern Diplomacy has put the first anthology reflecting some aspects of the current geopolitical dynamics between Russia and Africa. This anthology consists of an introduction, a series of articles and a conclusion. While some aspects of the content could be considered arguable, we still believed that Russia-African relations in this new era would be characterized by the forging of an even stronger community with a shared future based on the principles of sincerity, mutual trust and respect for mutual prosperity.
As history and several reports show, Russia has been striving quietly to become a major player in Africa. Starting with diplomatic efforts on African countries the Soviet Union supported in liberation struggles. Now, Russia is jostling the United States, European Union and Asian States for a piece of Africa and political influence in the resource-rich continent. To make the most out of these relationships, Africa and Russia have to harness their immense resources to foster a greater economic future for their people.
Russia has not distracted from its objective of assisting African countries to develop, but rather take advantage of the opportunities through its support for the development of critical infrastructure and manufacturing industries, make possible for expanding trade and engage in exporing natural resources across Africa.
Russia should give greater and careful consideration in drawing a long-term comprehensive roadmap to regional flagship projects that would enhance the integration process to boost employment and wealth creation for the benefit of both sides. That said it is our sincere hope and expectation that the Sochi meetings provide a unique platform to promote fruitful and sustainable dialogue between Russia and Africa.
In this context, both Russia and Africa need to adopt new approaches, mechanisms, and tools necessary for driving effective cooperation in order to take their relations to the next level as their significance grows in the new conditions of world politics and economics. What steps are needed to give a new impetus to bilateral economic relations? What are the key initiatives and competencies that can create a deeper strategic partnership between Russia and African states?
These are among the key questions on the meeting agenda for the upcoming Russia-Africa Summit planned for October 2019 in Sochi under the co-chairmanship of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Chairperson of the African Union.