Russia Vows Strengthened Ties And Cooperation With African Nations

Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr

In a significant show of solidarity and collaboration, President Vladimir Putin of Russia pledged enhanced cooperation with African nations, including Nigeria, to foster development in critical sectors such as energy, information communication, education, and health.

Russia Vows Strengthened Ties And Cooperation With African Nations

The commitment was made during the Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum held at the ongoing Russia-Africa Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Vice President Kashim Shettima, representing Nigerian President Bola Tinubu at the summit, expressed Nigeria’s eagerness to partner with Russia to revitalize the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) in joint collaboration with key industry stakeholders.

The summit, attended by a gathering of African heads of state, witnessed productive discussions on fostering bilateral trade and economic cooperation between Russia and African countries. President Putin highlighted the immense potential for economic partnership, noting that the current trade turnover of $18 billion in 2022 could be significantly surpassed.

Russia’s commitment to ensuring food security in Africa was also reiterated by President Putin. Emphasizing the importance of an equitable global food distribution system, he pledged increased support to Africa, which holds approximately 65 percent of the world’s arable land and 10 percent of its renewable freshwater sources. The Russian leader expressed confidence in Africa’s capability to become a food exporter with the right agricultural technologies and organization.

President Putin’s speech at the event underscored Russia’s genuine interest in promoting comprehensive development and deepening trade, economic, and humanitarian ties with African countries. He emphasized the importance of the forum’s discussions in advancing common goals.

During sideline meetings at the summit, Vice President Shettima held crucial discussions with the management of Russian Aluminium Company, UC RUSAL, and other stakeholders involved in reviving ALSCON. Stressing the significance of bringing the plant back to production, Shettima underscored the immense benefits for Nigeria’s economy, energy transition, job creation, and the development of small businesses.

The Vice President urged all stakeholders to expedite the plan of action for restarting production at ALSCON, highlighting the Federal Government’s determination to reactivate the plant and collaborate closely with UC RUSAL and other partners.

In a further display of solidarity and camaraderie, African leaders attended the Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum and joined President Putin at a state banquet hosted at St. Petersburg’s ExpoForum.

The forum’s productive deliberations and engagements have paved the way for strengthened ties and cooperation between Russia and African nations, heralding a new era of collaboration and mutual benefit.

As the summit continues, all eyes remain fixed on the shared vision of fostering development, economic growth, and lasting partnerships between Russia and Africa. With this renewed commitment, the future holds immense promise for the people of both regions as they work hand in hand toward prosperity and progress.

Follow talkGlitz on Instagram TalkGlitz on Twitter

Comments are closed.