Africa’s dynamic development and significant annual population growth on the continent lead to a steady increase in energy demand. It should be considered that nearly half the population in Africa lives without electricity. The Russian Foreign Ministry pays considerable attention to political and diplomatic support for Russian—African energy cooperation — Andrey Kemarsky, Director of the Department of Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Africa is a large continent with the population of 1.2 billion; it is a huge market that needs to be developed. We have vast resources, and they need to be used. We are very interested in having investors from Russia come to us. We would be happy to use Russian technologies and investments to advance in oil production — Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan.
Russia probably understands that what Africa needs is industrialization. We need raw materials, we need everything that is required for industrialization. Better sell your gas to us, not to the Europeans: you’ll get more money. We will use it not only for power generation, but for many other purposes as well. Africa has all the minerals that are exported to Japan, the United States, to all of those countries that previously exploited us — Gabriel Mbaga Obian Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
We are ready, we wish to cooperate with our Russian partners — Alhaji Kanja Ibrahim Sesay, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Sierra Leone.