May 28, 2019 Africa day celebration

Ahead of the Russia-Africa Summit, Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Egyptian Embassy organized on May 28 Africa Day celebration and a seminar, the cross-cutting theme of which was the issue of economic cooperation and preparations for the upcoming summit. The event was attended by more than 120 people - representatives of state authorities, in particular the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, relevant ministries, as well as 28 ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions of African states accredited to the Russian Federation, experts, senior officials of Russian companies from various sectors of the economy. The moderator of the seminar was Honorary President of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Special Representative of the President of Russia for Relations with the Heads of African States (2006-2011), Academician A.M. Vasiliev. Director of the African Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia A.V. Kemarsky, Ambassador of Egypt I. Nasr, Head of the Group of African Ambassadors to the Russian Federation M.Puba. A.V. Kemarsky expressed hope that the Russia-Africa summit and its previous events will bring bilateral relations to a new level, stressing that he counts on the support of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Ambassador of Egypt I. Nasr, in his speech about the upcoming summit, stressed that the Egyptian side welcomed the interest of the Russian partners in restoring ties, and suggested that the upcoming event would open a new chapter in Russian-African relations.