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  • Matt Spencer

For Africa, it helps to have friends like Russia!

Updated: Apr 1


Chief leaders and Governments within Russia continue to be extremely engaged with creating a mutually beneficial commitment to Africa.  Predominantly in the past Russia has steadily resumed to Africa.  An interesting fact I found was that Russia wrote off African sovereign debts amounting to $11.3 billion from the years 2005 to 2012. This led to the Debt-for-development initiative where Russia provided roughly $50 billion for education and anti-malarial programs targeting nations across Africa.


Added to this is the opinion that foreign assistance doesn’t make for a full partnership; people do.  Almost 10,000 African scholars are studying at Russian higher education institutions, 50% of which obtain state-subsidized schooling.  An excessive amount of Russian pilots and doctors work within Africa, with the inclusion of a Russian Red Cross Society Hospital operating in Ethiopia.


Russian policy also supports the creation of effective institutions that support development.  These include formalized managerial exchanges for business and a new Russia-Africa track.


Russia’s presence and existence within Africa is ever-growing; Alrosa, Gazprom, Lukoil, Rusal, Renova, Gammakhim, Technopromexport and VEB, and VTB banks are all examples of engaging in far-reaching investment on the continent. Russian corporations sank over $5 billion in Africa between the years 2000 and 2007 with the exclusion of oil exploration deals.






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