H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya visited Russia to take part in the inaugural Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum that took place on 23–24 October in Sochi.
It is the first time in the history of modern Russia that an event of this kind was held at such high level, and it is unprecedented in the history of Russian-African relations.
The Summit was aimed at furthering development of relations, deepening and intensifying Russian-African cooperation in energy, including renewables, infrastructure development, including railway and housing construction, modern and high-tech extraction and processing of mineral resources, agriculture, digital technologies, oil and gas exploration, medicine, science and education.
All 54 African states were represented officially at the Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum, 45 of which were represented by their heads of state. The Forum’s events were attended by the heads of executive bodies of eight African regional organizations: the African Union Commission, the African Export–Import Bank, the East African Community, the G5 Sahel, the Arab Maghreb Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Economic Community of Central African States, the Economic Community of West African States. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development representatives attended as well.
President Uhuru Kenyatta with President Vladimir Putin during the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi.