Dmitry Medvedev to address Russia-Africa Economic Conference in Moscow on 21 June

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will attend the Russia-Africa Economic Conference, where he will address the participants in the annual shareholders’ meeting of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

Over 1,500 delegates, including representatives of government agencies and the business community, are expected to attend the Russia-Africa Economic Conference. The theme of the conference is partnership with developing countries at the age of emerging protectionism. There are plans to focus on Russian-African cooperation in such priority areas as the financial sector, energy, the mining industry, railway infrastructure, digital technologies, cybersecurity, healthcare, education, and food security.

“The conference will become an important stage in the run-up to the Russia-Africa political summit and the attendant economic forum, scheduled to be held in Sochi in October,” sources in the conference’s organising committee noted.

The African Export-Import Bank is a supranational financial institution bringing together the majority of African countries (51 states). The bank aims to expand and incentivise trade between African countries and outside the continent. Russia became one of the bank’s shareholders in 2017.

The annual shareholders’ meeting, where Dmitry Medvedev will speak, is traditionally attended by Africa’s political and business leaders. The African continent’s states see the meeting as one of the most important economic events. This will be the second meeting outside Africa; China hosted the first meeting in 2012.

Journalists wishing to cover the Russia-Africa Economic Conference can obtain accreditation on the website.