The potential for cooperation between Russia and Africa, including in resource processing projects, needs to be fulfilled
Africa is the most promising market for Russia. It is not only about energy. It is about the whole system of our relations. [The countries of Africa are, – Ed.] 54 members of the United Nations, which, for the most part, have not supported economic sanctions against the Russian Federation. We should be grateful to the African continent because it understands that one cannot politicize the agenda. One needs to develop normal relations, no matter what — Irina Abramova, Director, Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
There are discussions about getting more fertilizers from Russia. We can apply Russian technology ourselves to produce these fertilizers, and we can set up these operations. We cannot keep talking about the potential [to implement joint projects to produce and use gas on the African continent, – Ed.] and do nothing. If we take the extraction of natural gas on our continent and see what Russia can help us here to develop these deposits, we can realize this potential. We can explore our own projects as well, produce energy from gas, promote these projects and solve the problems of the energy crisis — NJ Ayuk, Chairman, African Energy Chamber.
Russia’s task is to strengthen the sovereignty of African countries politically, economically, and technologically. Unlike Western countries, we advocate the creation of Africa’s own facilities not only for the extraction of energy resources, but also for their processing and further use. The continent is desperately short of oil refineries, hydroelectric power stations, renewable energy facilities and other critical infrastructure. Russia sees it as a priority to build these and other capacities needed to ensure the energy security of African countries — Oleg Ozerov, Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Head of the Secretariat, Russia-Africa Partnership Forum.