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External Partners June 29, 2022

5 African countries took part in the BRICS+ summit

On June 24, a BRICS+ summit was held in video format, timed to coincide with the summit of the informal BRICS association (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Of the 18 countries that took part in the BRICS Plus summit, 5 represented Africa: in addition…
Mining May 5, 2022

Africa’s role in the ongoing global energy transition

The strategic shifts in global energy markets are visible: on the one hand, net energy importers are forced to diversify sources of fossil fuels in order to maintain the stability of supplies; on the other hand, they are moving at an accelerated pace towards the…
United States of America April 30, 2022

A bill called “Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa” is being considered in the US Congress

On March 31, 2022, 4 members of the US House of Representatives, led by Democrat Gregory Meeks, submitted for consideration a bill “Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa”. On April 5, the bill was considered by the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of…
Algeria April 20, 2022

Sonatrach and Eni signed an agreement to increase gas supplies by 9 billion cubic meters 

On April 11th, Algerian state-owned company Sonatrach and Eni signed a contract “in the gas sector,” as the Algerian state-owned company said in its press release. What specific agreements did the parties reach and how will this affect the European gas market, which is currently experiencing…
Eritrea March 22, 2022

26 out of 54 African countries didn’t vote for the UN resolution condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine

On March 2, 2022 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution demanding that Russia immediately stop the special military operation in Ukraine and withdraw its troops. Almost half of African countries did not vote for the UN resolution. Eritrea voted against the resolution. 17 countries…
Senegal March 15, 2022

Over the last week Vladimir Putin had telephone conversations with presidents of Egypt, Senegal, and South Africa

Last week Vladimir Putin hold phone talks with the leaders of Egypt, Senegal and South Africa. It is worth mentioning that since the beginning of the special military operation of Russian armed forces in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has been in contact mainly with the leaders…
SDG 17 April 8, 2021

FPRI Discusses Russia’s Growing Influence in Africa

Although Russia and China are evidently working together on certain issues in Africa, the general difference between their approaches is clear. Chris Miller, Director of the FPRI’s Eurasia Program and Samuel Ramani, DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations…
SDG 17 January 31, 2021

Negotiations of President Putin with African Heads of State in 2012-2020

From May 2012 to March 2020 Vladimir Putin has held 56 personal meetings with 22 Heads of State from Africa. Almost half of these (46%) meetings have been with Egypt (13) and South Africa (12). He met with the leaders of Angola, Guinea and Sudan…
Agriculture October 21, 2020

African Import of Russian Grain in 2015-2019

In 2020 the overall trend appears to be continuing. In 1H2020 Egypt was the largest importer of Russian grain across Africa ($515 million), followed by Sudan, Morocco and Tanzania by a large gap: $102 million, $78 million and $57 million respectively. These 4 countries by…
Nigeria September 28, 2020

Russian Export to Nigeria: Companies, Numbers and Categories

In the first half of 2020 Nigeria’s import of Russian goods amounted to $170 million, which is 28% more than in the same period of the previous year. The country’s share in total Russian exports to Africa increased from 2.1% to 3.8%, which makes Nigeria…
Energy September 17, 2020

Rosatom To Construct a Nuclear Power Plant in Egypt

Rosatom is working to make the El Dabaa nuclear power plant project in north-eastern Egypt happen. The intergovernmental agreement on construction was signed in November 2015, with the total cost of the project estimated to be $30 billion. According to the project roadmap, El Dabaa…
SDG 17 September 16, 2020

Russian Export to Africa: Directions, Numbers and Tendencies

In the first half of 2020 Russian exports to Africa amounted to $4,435 mln, a decline of 29% ($1,771 mln) compared to the same period of 2019. Almost all of this gap (95% or $1,664 mln) is due to a noticeable drop in exports to…