Russian-African cooperation in science and technology: strategic and operational contexts

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Deputy-Director, Institute for African Studies, RAS
Affiliation: Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameAsia and Africa Today
EditionIssue 5

The article is dedicated to the analysis of opportunities for the development of Russian-African cooperation in the scientific and technological sphere in the context of the finalizing work on the Strategy for Socio-Economic Development of Russia for the period up to 2030 and the in run-up to the Second Russia-Africa Summit in 2022.

In a difficult contemporary international situation, the importance of the African vector of strengthening the domestic potential for development has been greatly increasing. Elaboration of mechanisms for mutual technological partnership became a pressing task. The African side is interested in the creation by Russian partners of production facilities that meet the needs of the local market and boosting the export potential of national states. It is important to pay attention not only to the promotion of our existing technological solutions, but also to their adaptation to local conditions and requirements.

Africa provides Russian business with unique opportunities of achieving the goal of increasing Russian non-resource non-energy exports. In addition to the usual economic risks, aggressive geopolitical challenges and the sanctions policy of the West can have a serious negative impact on Russian-African economic relations.

The article warns that the exposure and vulnerability of Russia’s African partners to the power pressure from Moscow’s economic competitors and geopolitical rivals, especially when it comes to potentially promising and profitable areas of cooperation should be invariably taken into consideration.

KeywordsRussia, Africa, strategy, Second Russia-Africa Summit, cooperation, technologies, growth points, startups, sanctions, risks
AcknowledgmentThe article was supported by a grant of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR). Project № 19-014-00019 “Sanction and Regulatory Targeting of National Elites as an Instrument of Global Governance and International Competition”.
Publication date28.05.2021
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