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The two-day event will see more than 3,000 delegates from across Russia and Africa

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019
H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni with his counterpart H.E Emmerson Mnangagwa on right and on left H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit

The two-day event will see more than 3,000 delegates from across Russia and Africa to discuss an array of topics from nuclear energy to mineral extraction. 

All 54 African states sent a representative to the meeting, including 43 heads of state or government, according to Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov.

We currently export to Africa $25 billion ($22.5 billion) worth of food  which is more than we export in arms, at $15 billion. In the next four to five years I think we should be able to double this trade, at least, Putin said.

Areas of investment

Russia has dominated arms sales in Africa but this time, Putin has promised further African cooperation without "political or other" interference. This comes as a reassurance to African states who have previously expressed concerns about dependence on China.

In addition to military and security cooperation with Africa, Putin also pledged Russian commitment to combat the Ebola virus with aid, and the training of  African cadres by Russian universities.

Joint projects are underway in attractive industries, agriculture, healthcare and education, Putin said in his opening remarks.