Karasin told what Russia can learn from Africa

The ambassadors of African states in Russia are interested in our country returning to their continent. Grigory Karasin, head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, told Parliamentary Gazeta on February 10.

On February 10, the State Duma hosted a meeting of the ambassadors of more than 20 African states with the leadership of the organizing committee of the Second Russia-Africa International Parliamentary Conference, which will be held on March 19-20 in Moscow. The head of the organizing committee is Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov, the structure, among other things, included vice-speakers of the lower house Pyotr Tolstoy and Vladislav Davankov, chairmen of the Duma committees Maxim Topilin, Dmitry Kobylkin, Leonid Kalashnikov, Pavel Zavalny.

The Conference of Parliamentarians for the second time in a row precedes the big Russia-Africa summit – for the first time it happened in Sochi in 2019. Last year, the event brought together 300 delegates from 28 African states, with 26 delegations headed by the chairmen of national parliaments.

Grigory Karasin said that at a meeting in the State Duma, the ambassadors of African states declared their countries’ interest in Russia returning to Africa. “We have the necessary potential for this – economic, scientific and technological. It will be very useful for African countries, we will be able to effectively interact at the intersection of interests,” the senator believes.

At the same time, the senator believes that Russia has a lot to learn from Africa. In particular, he drew attention to the new approaches to the construction of the national economy and the development of agriculture, which are used by African countries.

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