The youth track and development of international cooperation between Russian and African youth is a very important direction for us, for the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs. <...> We hold many youth forums, trying to attract foreign youth to participate in forums. One of the examples is the annual Eurasia Global Forum. <...> An excellent forum of the BRICS and SCO countries was held in Stavropolye Territory this year, attended by about 30 representatives of the Republic of South Africa. As a result, next year we plan to sign a memorandum on mutual cooperation between Russia and South Africa in the field of youth policy — Roman Kamaev, Deputy Head, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh).
We live in a time of major global challenges and civilizational changes that require joint decisions and actions of people from different countries and continents. <...> Statistics show that by 2100 the population of this continent will be about 4.5 billion people, with an average age of 25 years. <...> Worldwide, young people are the driving force of the society that shapes its future today. In an era of global transformation, Africa's role in the world is being strategically reimagined. We need to understand and change the values and orientations of African youth — Gabriel Anicet Kotchofa, High Commissioner for International Relations, Deputy Secretary General, Eurasian Economic Cooperation Organization.
The share of young people in Africa is one of the largest in the world. <...> It is young people who will soon shape both the political agenda and business cooperation. <...> We are ready to strengthen our relations. <...> So that young people, who now live in Africa, treat Russia as their partner — Aleksey Mostovshchikov, Co-chairman of Magadan Regional Division, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia).
More than 800 million young people present a huge growth potential. <...> Youth is the key to the future and success of both the African continent and Russia — Valentin Ignatiev, Chairman, Subcommittee on Russia’s Strategic Cooperation with Africa and the Middle East, Committee on Economic Integration and Foreign Economic Affairs, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.