June 22, 2022 Rossiya Segodnya Holds Videoconference on Russia's Cooperation With African Nations

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Rossiya Segodnya media group held on Wednesday a videoconference roundtable titled "Integration Processes: Russia and the African Union."

Leading Russian Africanists and subject matter experts from Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa took part in the discussion.

The event is part of the project on Russia's integration processes with foreign intergovernmental organizations and regional associations, carried out jointly with The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the autonomous non-profit organization "Center for Assistance in the Implementation of Humanitarian and Educational Programs."

The participants of the meeting at the media group's premises were, among others, Siphamandla Zondi, acting director at the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg and Chairperson of South Africa BRICS think tank, digital manager Jared Ombui of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and Yohannes Wondirad, director of the Public Relations and Strategic Partnership Directorate of the Ethiopian News Agency.

The roundtable was also attended by associate professor of Mass Communication at Benson Idahosa University in Nigeria, Alex Eloho Umuerri, as well as head of photography at the African News Agency from South Africa, Ian Landsberg.

Among the Russian experts participating in the round table, as noted, were Sergey Volkov, who is head of the Center for the Study of Russian-African Relations and African States’ Foreign Policy of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); and leading research fellow at the RAS Institute for African Studies Evgeny Korendyasov, who is also a former USSR/Russia ambassador to Burkina Faso and Mali.

They were joined by Nailya Mingazova, head of the Department of Oriental Studies, African Studies and Islamic Studies at Russia's Kazan Federal University, and professor Aleksey Antoshin of Ural Federal University's Department of Oriental Studies.

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Videoconference roundtable titled "Integration Processes: Russia and the African Union."