Dynamic development of Africa and its demography create conditions for cooperation in education and technology
Today two thirds of the African continent’s population are youth. This fact greatly defines our vector of cooperation and contributes to the importance of scientific and educational components — Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.
Africa has changed, it is rapidly developing. We also observe massive digital transformation. Just imagine: over the last decades the number of mobile phone users exceeded 500 million, and by 2025 it is expected to reach 650 million, with around 400 Internet users at the moment. I believe that this huge number of young people is a trend that we need to take into account in our educational programmes — Igor Morozov, Deputy Chairman, Committee for Science, Education, and Culture of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.
Russia has a lot to share with the African continent. You have science, research centres, technologies. So we believe that interaction between African countries and Russia will be of great importance for both Russian companies and African countries. Russia has accumulated a lot of knowledge in the mining sector, in fishing, in agriculture and many other areas — Mohamed Methqal, Ambassador, General Director, Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation.
Africa is not satisfied with the catching-up development. Just like Russia, it needs breakthroughs in development of new technologies, science and education — Irina Abramova, Director, Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Corresponding Member, Russian Academy of Sciences.