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    Russian Engagement in Africa

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    Post  George1 Wed Oct 12, 2022 6:57 pm

    A DM-03 booster with an AngoSat-2 telecoms satellite for Angola separated from the upper stage of the Proton-M carrier rocket that blasted off from the Baikonur spaceport, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.

    It will take the booster several hours to orbit the satellite.

    Russia and Angola agreed on creating an AngoSat-2 telecoms satellite instead of the defunct AngoSat-1 space vehicle launched from the Baikonur spaceport on December 26, 2017. Contact with the satellite was lost the next day after its launch.

    The AngoSat-2 satellite is based on the Express-1000N platform developed by Russia’s Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company. The payload module that maintains communications in the C, Ku and Ka frequency bands was delivered by Europe’s Airbus Group. The satellite will operate at 23 degrees’ east longitude. The telecoms satellite is designed to operate for 15 years.

    Angolan Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Social Communication Mario Augusto da Silva Oliveira told reporters on October 11 that the satellite’s operation would begin 90 days after the launch when all technical and technological procedures were over.

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    Post  JohninMK Mon Mar 20, 2023 6:17 pm

    With Putin's statements today it is clear that Russia will not be leaving Africa to the Chinese as they they take over from the West.

    It is important enough to have its own thread.

    Re below, can't remember the World Bank forgiving significant African debt over the past 15+ years, China yes.

    Note that the CAR will be teaching Russian in their schools and Russia is looking at teaching an 'African' language (not sure which) in its.

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    More than 40 delegations from almost all African states took part in the Russia-Africa Parliamentary Conference on March 19-20 in Moscow.

    The Second Russia-Africa Summit will be held in July 2023 in Saint Petersburg.




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    Post  GarryB Tue Mar 21, 2023 3:29 am

    Russia gave the west every chance to have good relations and the west could no bring itself to treat Russia with respect.

    The state of affairs was that Russia already supplied goods and services to the whole world, but most of that trade was through western intermediaries like western shipping companies using western insurance and western based international markets to sell their goods.

    Here in New Zealand I buy from local gun shops, but those local gun shops buy the Russian ammo they stock from a German company... and surprise surprise they can't get any Russian ammo at the moment.

    Trading through western markets and western companies means we are stuck with western sanctions even if they are not relevant to us at all, and the same politics will effect all sorts of other areas too.

    What Russia will now find it needs to do is explore the rest of the world directly without going through established western trade links to form their own relationships... and the world will benefit from this because when Russia sells direct to the rest of the world the west wont be taking a cut and adding to the price the rest of the world pays... Russian companies can earn a little more and the customer can pay a little less for Russian goods, and the west will no longer earn income from international trade that they really don't have that much to do with now that they don't make anything any more.

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    Post  George1 Wed May 24, 2023 10:55 pm

    According to the Zimbabwean presidential communication office, of the 18 helicopters delivered 12 are air ambulances while 6 are designed for law enforcement. The fleet will officially reach 32 by year 2025.

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    Post  Kiko Wed Jul 19, 2023 6:02 pm

    Russia's Rosatom plans to start experimental uranium mining in Tanzania in 2023, 07.19.2023.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian state-owned Rosatom corporation announced plans to start the extraction and experimental processing of uranium ore in Tanzania between 2023 and 2025.

    "Between 2023 and 2025, it is planned to start the extraction and experimental processing of the mineral. According to the approved plans, the plant should be built and put into operation in 2023. To date, about 85% of all work has been completed," the Russian corporation informed Sputnik on the eve of the Russia-Africa summit.

    This is the project called Mkuju River with the Nyota deposit, which is one of the largest in the world with a resource reserve of 152 million tons of ore.

    Rosatom added that at the test operation stage it is planned to produce five tons of the "yellowcake" (uranium oxide) and reach the production of 3,000 tons of uranium per year.

    As previously reported, it is planned to use a technology called in Situ Leaching (ISL), which is currently the main means of obtaining uranium worldwide.

    Yellowcake or uranium oxide is a concentrated product obtained by pulverizing uranium ore. The yellow cake is used to prepare the fuel for nuclear reactors.

    Atomic technologies for Africa's development will be one of the topics to be discussed during the second Russia-Africa summit to be held on July 27-28 in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. The Sputnik agency will act as an information partner of the event.

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    https://sputniknews.lat/20230719/la-rusa-rosatom-preve-empezar-la-extraccion-experimental-de-uranio-en-tanzania-en-2023-1141696299.html

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    Post  Kiko Wed Jul 26, 2023 9:46 pm

    The West has missed the great return of Russia to the African continent, by Kirill Strelnikov for SputnikMundo. 07.26.2023.

    On July 27, the second Russia-Africa Summit begins in St. Petersburg, which is already causing deep discomfort from the West: according to the spokesman of the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov, practically all African states have been subjected to unprecedented pressure from the United States and allies to prevent their attendance at the event.

    The threats and blackmail did not work: high-ranking delegates from 49 African countries, representing the absolute majority of the continent's states, arrived in St. Petersburg to open a big new page in relations with Russia and demonstrate once again that the country's international isolation has failed miserably.

    It may seem strange that relations between Russia and African states have always been a cause of concern for the West. But with the beginning of the military operation, Russia announced the course to change the world system based on the domination of the billion gold, which was perceived by Western countries as a serious threat to their fundamentally colonial well-being, and Russia's pivot to the south and the east began to turn their terrible dream into reality.

    As a result, for example, in April of this year the US Congress passed the law "to counter Russia's influence and malign activities", and the African landing in St. Petersburg caused a real hysteria in the West.

    What are the reasons for such anger and indignation? Why is the West so afraid of Russia's return to Africa? The answer is simple and complex at the same time.
    To begin with, according to experts' estimates, Africa has more than 30% of all the world's natural resources: 7% of the world's natural gas reserves, 8% of the world's oil reserves, 9.6% of the world's iron ore reserves, 35% of chromium reserves, more than 40% of bauxite reserves, 50% of cobalt and manganese reserves, 90% of platinum group metals, 10% of copper reserves, 50% of those of phosphate rock, 11.5% of those of lithium, etc.

    Many deposits have not yet been explored and exploited, and Russian experience in mining and mineral processing is already in high demand there, and after the summit the landscape may change radically.

    In addition, Africa is a continent whose current potential is compared to that of China at the end of the twentieth century. A simple example: in 1990 the gross domestic product (GDP) of China was 770,000 million dollars, while the GDP of Ukraine at that time was 400,000 million dollars annually. Today, China's GDP is $8.3 trillion annually.

    The fact is that Africa is experiencing explosive growth, both demographic and economic. The African population is already around 1,500 million inhabitants, and in 2050 it will be 3,000 million. The African population is young, its cities are urbanizing rapidly and this continent is about to experience a manufacturing and consumption boom that will be mind-blowing.

    With skyrocketing demand, there is little competition in the African market and, in many countries of the continent, the threshold for entry into any market is minimal. All this means enormous potential for those involved in the development of industries, manufacturing and social sectors.

    Russia's large-scale cooperation with Africa is a unique case in which both sides can greatly benefit, and Moscow is determined to make the most of this historic opportunity.

    Russia also has a decisive advantage in Africa that practically no one else has. This advantage is the historical ties and positive image of Russia in African countries, established in the Soviet era, and the country's active role in the decolonization of the continent. Trust, sympathy, lack of national prejudices and aggravating historical experience are a powerful capital that no amount of money can buy. And Russia has a lot to offer.

    African countries are ready to cooperate in various vectors: from agricultural machinery, communication systems, energy solutions and industrial technologies to petroleum products, airplanes, pipelines, fertilizers and even ice cream (which have become a real success in Africa).

    All this suggests that the expected growth of Russia's trade turnover with Africa, from the current 18,000-19,000 million dollars to 200,000 million annually, is by no means an exaggeration, but only the beginning.

    The big game is seen from afar, and Russia returns to Africa to stay.

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    https://sputniknews.lat/20230726/occidente-se-ha-perdido-el-gran-retorno-de-rusia-al-continente-africano-1141936185.html

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    Post  JohninMK Fri Jul 28, 2023 12:07 pm

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    🇷🇺🌍$18 Billion trade between the Russian Federation and African countries last year, but the potential for partnership is much higher.

    Russian companies want to work more actively in Africa in the field of high technologies, geological exploration, the fuel and energy complex, including nuclear energy, as well as in the chemical industry, mining, transport engineering, agriculture and fisheries.

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    Post  JohninMK Fri Jul 28, 2023 12:26 pm

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    Main of Putin's statements at the Russia-Africa summit:

    ◾ A number of manifestations of colonialism are not obsolete and are still practised by former metropolises;

    ◾ The era of hegemony of one or a few states is a thing of the past, but not without resistance on their part;

    ◾ The positions of the Russian Federation and African countries on international issues are very close or fully coincide;

    ◾ Russia and Africa do not accept unilateral sanctions and "punitive" restrictive measures against states;

    ◾ Russia and Africa oppose the use of topics on climate, human rights and "gender agenda" for disreputable political purposes;

    ◾ Russia is not in favour of self-isolation, but of cooperation among equal states;

    ◾ Africa is becoming a new centre of power, and all will have to reckon with it;

    ◾ Russia does not avoid discussing the Ukrainian crisis;

    ◾ Sovereignty is not"a state that has been achieved once" and must be constantly fought for;

    ◾ Russia respects Africa's peace initiatives on Ukraine and is considering them;

    ◾ Russia is in favour of expanding Africa's representation in the Security Council and other UN structures, "the time has come to correct historical injustices";

    ◾ Russia will continue to train African military and police at its specialised universities;

    ◾ The situation in many regions of Africa remains unstable, a legacy of the colonial era and the West's "divide and rule" policy;

    ◾ Russia's attention to Africa is steadily growing, and Moscow is ready to restore and open new foreign missions on the continent;

    ◾ Russian business has a lot to offer to partners from Africa;

    ◾ Moscow will help African countries to open new embassies and consulates in Russia;

    ◾ Russia will always be a responsible international supplier of agricultural goods;

    ◾ The total amount of debts of African countries cancelled by Russia is 23 billion dollars, Moscow will allocate another 90 million dollars for this purpose.

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    Post  JohninMK Fri Jul 28, 2023 12:29 pm

    Russia is isolated Laughing

    Note the 'IBM' dress standard dominates, dark suit/white shirt. thumbsup

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    Post  ALAMO Fri Jul 28, 2023 2:07 pm

    Isolation continues Laughing

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    Post  GarryB Sat Jul 29, 2023 4:01 am

    The total amount of debts of African countries cancelled by Russia is 23 billion dollars, Moscow will allocate another 90 million dollars for this purpose.

    Just caught this message on the BBC news and they didn't say it was 23 billion dollars worth of debt being cancelled, they said it was a few hundred million...

    If they said it was 23 billion then how could their claims that China and Russia are trying to do to the rest of the world what the colonial europeans have been doing... get them trapped in a debt spiral and then you control them.

    BRICS is not about control, it is about free and open trade and support and cooperation to help each other develop and grow and become wealthy so your populations can live the good life too.

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    Post  Kiko Sat Jul 29, 2023 9:29 am

    The Russia-Global South Connection: Africa as Strategic Partner, by Pepe Escobar for Strategic Culture Foundation. 07.29.2023.

    The second Russia-Africa summit, this week in St. Petersburg, should be seen as a milestone in terms of Global South integration and the concerted drive by the Global Majority towards a more equal and fair multipolar order.

    The summit welcomes no less than 49 African delegations. President Putin previously announced that a comprehensive declaration and a Russia-Africa Partnership Forum Action Plan all the way to 2026 will be adopted.

    Madaraka Nyerere, the son of Tanzania’s legendary anti-colonial activist and first President, Julius Nyerere, set the context, telling RT that the only “realistic” way for Africa to develop is to unite and stop being an agent for foreign exploitative powers.

    And the path towards cooperation goes through BRICS – starting with the crucial upcoming summit in South Africa, and the incorporation of more African nations into BRICS+.

    Nyerere’s father was a very important force behind the Organization of African Unity, which later became the African Union.

    South Africa’s Julius Malema succinctly expanded the geoeconomic concept of a united Africa: “They [neocolonial powers] thrive on the division of the African continent. Can you imagine the minerals of the DRC combined with the minerals of South Africa, and with a new currency based on the minerals? What can we do to the dollar? If we become a United States of Africa, with our minerals alone, we can defeat the dollar.”

    No humanitarian nature, no deal

    The Russian-African Conference of the Valdai Club functioned like a sort of final expert watch synchronization in the run-up to St. Petersburg. The first session was particularly relevant.

    That came after the publication of a comprehensive analysis by President Putin of Russia-Africa relations, with a special emphasis on the recently collapsed grain deal involving the UN, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.

    Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the Russian Federation Council, has stressed how “Ukraine, Washington and NATO were interested in the grain corridor for sabotage”.

    In his Op-Ed, Putin explained how, “for almost a year, a total of 32.8 million tons of cargo were exported from Ukraine under the ‘deal’, of which more than 70%
    went to high-and above-middle-income countries, including the European Union, while countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia, as well as Yemen and Afghanistan accounted for less than 3% of the total volume – less than one million tons.”

    So that was one of the key reasons for Russia to leave the grain deal. Moscow published a list of requirements which would need to be fulfilled for Russia to reinstate it.

    Among them: a real, practical end to sanctions on Russian grain and fertilizers shipped to world markets; no more obstacles for banks and financial institutions; no more restrictions on charter of ships and insurance – that means clean logistics for all food supplies; restoration of the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline.

    And a particularly crucial item: the restoration of “the original humanitarian nature of the grain deal.”

    There’s no way the collective West subjected to the Straussian neocon psychos who control US foreign policy will fulfill all or even some of these conditions.

    So Russia, by itself, will offer grain and fertilizers free of charge for the poorest nations and contracts for grain supply at normal commercial terms for the others. Supply is guaranteed: Moscow had the biggest grain harvest ever during this season.

    This is all about solidarity. At the Valdai session, a key discussion was around the importance of solidarity in the struggle against neo-colonialism and for global equality and justice.

    Oleg Ozerov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and Head of the Secretariat of the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum, stressed how European “former” partners persist on the one-way track of shifting blame to Russia as Africa is “acquiring agency” and “denying neo-colonialism.”

    Ozerov mentioned how “France-Afrique is collapsing – and Russia is not behind it. Russia is ensuring that Africa acts as one of the powers of the multipolar world”, as “a member of the G20 and present in the UN Security Council.” Moreover, Moscow is interested to expand Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) free trade deals towards Africa.

    Welcome to Global South “multi-vector” cooperation

    This all spells out a common theme in the Russia-Africa summit: “multi-vector cooperation”. The South African perspective, especially in the light of the raging controversy over Putin’s non-physical presence in the BRICS summit, is that “Africans are not taking sides. They want peace.”

    What matters is what Africa brings to BRICS: “Markets, and a young, educated population.”

    On the Russian bridge to Africa, what is needed, for instance, is “railways along coastlines”: connectivity, which can be developed with Russian assistance, much as China has been investing widely across Africa under BRI projects. Russia, after all, “trained many professionals across Africa.”

    There’s a wide consensus, to be reflected in the summit, that Africa is becoming an economic growth pole in the Global South – and African experts know it. State institutions are becoming more stable. The abysmal crisis in Russia-Western relations ended up boosting interest in Africa. No wonder that’s now a national priority for Russia.

    So what can Russia offer? Essentially an investment portfolio, and crucially the idea of sovereignty – without requesting anything in return.

    Mali is a fascinating case. It goes back to investments by the USSR training the workforce; at least 10,000 Malians, who were offered first-class education, including 80% of their professors.

    That intersects with the terrorism threat of the Salafi-jihadi variety, “encouraged” by the usual suspects even before 9/11. Mali holds at least 350,000 refugees, all of them unemployed. France’s “initiatives” have been deemed “totally inefficient”.

    Mali needs “broader measures” – including the launch of a new trading system. Russia after all taught how to set up infrastructure to create new jobs; time to fully profit from the knowledge of those trained in the USSR. Moreover, in 2023 over 100 students from Mali are coming to Russia on state-sponsored scholarships.

    As Russia makes inroads in French-speaking Africa, former “partners”, predictably, demonize Mali’s cooperation with Russia. With no avail. Mali has just dropped French as its official language (that has been the case since 1960).

    Under the new constitution, passed overwhelmingly with 96.9% in a June 15 referendum, French will be only a working language, while 13 national languages will also receive official language status.

    Essentially, this is about sovereignty. Coupled with the fact that the West, as recognized from Mali to Ethiopia – the only African nation never colonized by Europeans – is losing moral authority across Africa at astonishing speed.

    Multitudes in Africa now understand that Russia actively encourages freedom from neocolonialism. When it comes to geopolitical capital, Moscow now seems to enjoy all it takes to build a fruitful, Global Majority-centered strategic partnership.

    https://www.unz.com/pescobar/the-russia-global-south-connection-africa-as-strategic-partner/

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    Post  JohninMK Sun Jul 30, 2023 10:58 am

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    The main statement of Vladimir Putin at a press conference following the Second Russia-Africa Summit:

    ◾ Africa remembers the concrete assistance of the USSR in its liberation, its "voice and Kalashnikov";

    ◾ The African continent as a whole is extremely friendly and positive towards Russia, despite the difference in opinions in individual countries;

    ◾ African countries sincerely want an end to the conflict in Ukraine, remembering it kindly as part of the Soviet Union;

    ◾ Russia cannot fulfill the African Peace Initiative's ceasefire clause because Ukraine is conducting a large-scale offensive;

    ◾ Some points of the African Peace Initiative on Ukraine are already being implemented, including the exchange of prisoners;

    ◾ The African peace initiative to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, along with the Chinese and other similar proposals, can be the basis for building peace processes;

    ◾ Africa buys weapons from Russia without fear of outside pressure;

    ◾ Free deliveries of Russian grain to the poorest countries in Africa will begin within the next 3-4 months;

    ◾ The Armed Forces of Ukraine have recently been trying to attack Russian positions on foot, they are protecting military equipment and are afraid of losing it;

    ◾ Ukrainian troops have lost 415 tanks and more than 1,300 armored vehicles of various classes since the start of the counter-offensive in June;

    ◾ Putin called the story of the alleged abduction of children in Ukraine by the Russian Federation "inflated", stressed that it was the salvation of children;

    ◾ There are no problems with the return of children to relatives in Ukraine;

    ◾ Russia remains the world leader in the sale of wheat and fertilizers;

    ◾ The Russian Federation, having delivered free food to Africa, will share with it part of the income from the growth in world grain prices as a result of the end of the grain deal;

    ◾ Ukrainian troops are stopped and driven back wherever they tried to advance;

    ◾ Africa is still suffering from terrorism, for the countries of the continent it is important to work in the field of security, without which stability and, consequently, economic development cannot be achieved;

    ◾ Russian troops in the zone of responsibility of the commander of the "Center" grouping of troops, Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev, not only repel the attacks of Ukraine, but also launch a counteroffensive and move forward;

    ◾ There were agreements between Russia and Turkey on the presence of Azov militants in Turkey (recognized as terrorist, banned in the Russian Federation);

    ◾ The suspension of the grain deal by Russia has nothing to do with the transfer by Turkey of the commanders of the nationalist battalion "Azov" (recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in the Russian Federation) to Ukraine;

    ◾ Russia is ready for any scenario, but does not want a direct military clash with the United States.

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    Post  George1 Mon Jul 31, 2023 10:31 pm

    Russia donates Mi-38 helicopter to Zimbabwe

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    Post  Kiko Fri Dec 15, 2023 9:06 pm

    Multiple deals on resource extraction signed at Russia-Africa forum, 12.15.2023.

    Agreements were signed with 30 African universities during a congress in St. Petersburg.

    Russian institutes have signed agreements with more than 30 African universities during a major congress in St. Petersburg, hosted by the city's mining university.

    The deals signed provide for cooperation in education and science, training engineers, and the development of relevant industrial sectors.

    More than 150 participants from 48 African countries attended the Africa Seeks Solutions congress, including universities, mining and metallurgical companies, and geological organizations.

    Vladimir Litvinenko, rector of the St. Petersburg Mining University, and Paul Omojo Omaji, the vice chancellor of the Admiralty University of Nigeria also agreed to establish the ‘Nedra of Africa’ (‘Subsoil of Africa’) consortium.

    “We walk through the immense riches that lie beneath us, yet we cannot lift ourselves out of poverty… The creation of the Russian-African consortium of universities is the most important mechanism for achieving this great goal,” said Omaji, who was elected president of the consortium.

    Moscow “continues to create its own legacy, a legacy of helping people in need. This is a partner who understands our problems and Africa’s predicament,” he claimed.

    Hadi Li, vice-president of the association of private geologists in Mali, pointed out that Bamako needs “personnel with competences in mineral prospecting and exploration.”

    “We hope that it will be possible to establish an academic exchange with Russia of young researchers and students who will get all the necessary knowledge and skills here,” he said.

    The countries are interested in collaborating on training the highest category of personnel, which includes the use of the UNESCO grant system. 

    They will undertake prospecting and exploration of minerals, assessment of natural resources, analysis of deposits profitability, as well as scientific support for the construction of processing enterprises.

    Branches of Russian universities are expected to open in several African countries in the coming year.

    At the opening ceremony on Wednesday, a greeting from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was read by Director of the Africa Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vsevolod Tkachenko. Lavrov said Russia would help African countries to gain independent control over the extraction and development of their resources.

    “Today the St. Petersburg Mining University offers a new level of scientific and educational interaction with Africa,” he stated.

    “I am confident that the engineering and management personnel trained through this project will contribute to the control of African countries over the extraction and development of their own mineral resources and to effective State regulation of environmental management.”

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    Post  Kiko Fri Dec 15, 2023 9:19 pm

    Russian tech giant set for big investment in Africa, 12.15.2023.

    A subsidiary of Yandex will launch new services in Ivory Coast, media say.

    Ride-hailing service Yango, owned by Russian tech major Yandex, has announced a substantial investment in Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), news outlet Apanews reported on Wednesday.   

    The company will invest over $300 million in the development of its Ivorian subsidiary as it plans to launch further digital services in the coming years, the outlet said. The initiative is designed to enable entrepreneurs to develop their businesses and is also expected to create jobs for local transport companies.  

    According to the outlet, the digital platform will provide drivers with new income opportunities, while ensuring safe and convenient transport for thousands of passengers across the country.  

    “Our belief in technology as a central force for Africa’s future remains strong,” said the company’s manager in Ivory Coast, Kadotien Soro, adding that the Russian tech major is constantly investing in the development of industries through technological advances.

    In the five years that Yango has been operating in Ivory Coast, it has become the country’s leading car-sharing service, the outlet noted. Earlier this year, as part of its technological expansion, it launched the Yango Education services platform that is aimed at contributing to the development of technology among young people.   

    The firm also plans to launch additional technology products such as parcel delivery services, Fintech and FoodTec platforms.

    https://www.rt.com/africa/589122-africa-russia-technology-investment/

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    Post  Kiko Fri Dec 15, 2023 10:46 pm

    Russian support key to African country’s first nuclear plant – official, 12.15.2023.

    An industry seminar in Cairo provided an opportunity for officials to discuss progress made on the El-Dabaa NPP.

    Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant is proceeding smoothly thanks to support from Russia, the head of the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority, Amjad Al-Wakeel, said at an industry seminar on Thursday. 

    The event was organized jointly by the engineering division of the Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom and the Authority for Nuclear Power Plants of Egypt (NPPA). 

    “The project of construction of El-Dabaa NPP is successfully developing due to political support and cooperation between Egypt and Russia in the light of the strategic objectives of both countries,” Al-Wakeel stressed. 

    “The use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes plays a key role in achieving sustainable development goals and guarantees a confident future for future generations,” he added.

    Alexey Kononenko, who is directing construction of the plant, called the project “an important step in the development of Egypt’s nuclear sector, which has opened up new opportunities for economic growth in that country.” He also noted that the project is proceeding quite quickly.

    According to Kononenko, the seminar provided an opportunity to discuss a large number of issues related to localization processes, procurement, and equipment supply. He believes that this seminar will give Egyptian suppliers an “extra boost to participate in the El-Dabaa NPP construction project.” 

    More than 250 people attended the event, representing Russian and Egyptian companies.  

    El-Dabaa is Rosatom’s first major nuclear power project in Africa. The four-reactor facility is located about 300km northwest of Cairo, on the Mediterranean coast. The project was approved in 2015, launched in 2017, while construction got underway in 2022. Rosatom started building the third power unit in May 2023. 

    The cost of the nuclear power plant is $28.75 billion. As per a bilateral agreement signed in 2015, approximately 85% of it is financed by Russia and to be paid for by Egypt under a 22-year loan with an interest rate of 3%.

    https://www.rt.com/africa/589131-egypt-nuclear-power-plant-rosatom/

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    Post  Kiko Mon Dec 18, 2023 4:39 pm

    Major Russian automaker inks deal to produce cars in Africa, 12.18.2023.

    The agreement will see Lada vehicles assembled in Ethiopia.

    Ethio-Engineering Group (EEG) and Russian carmaker Avtovaz have signed an agreement to produce Russian Lada vehicles in Ethiopia, local media reported on Sunday.

    According to the report, the deal was inked by EEG’s CEO, Suleiman Dedefo, and the head of Avtovaz Export, Ilya Savinov. The agreement’s details, including the expected timeframe for the production launch, have not yet been made public.

    In his speech at the ceremony, Savinov said that many Russian companies are interested in investing in Ethiopia. For his part, Dedefo invited Russian entrepreneurs to invest in the country and assured them that the government would provide the necessary support for cross-border projects.

    The plans to open a production line to assemble Lada vehicles in Ethiopia were first made public by the country’s ambassador to Russia, Cham Ugala Uriat, in September this year. The diplomat said at the time that the cars would be primarily produced for the African market and noted that at least two other Russian automakers were showing interest in setting up their own assembly lines in Ethiopia.

    While Avtovaz already has a range of SUV models suitable for the African market, earlier this year, the carmaker’s CEO, Maxim Sokolov, said it could develop special modifications for its vehicles to suit African buyers, including a right-sided Lada Niva. Sokolov also noted that Avtovaz was in talks to supply its cars to other overseas markets, including the UAE, Oman, and Vietnam.

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    Post  Kiko Tue Dec 26, 2023 9:40 am

    How French intelligence lost to Russia in Africa, by Evgeny Krutikov for VZGLYAD. 12.26.2023.

    French President Emmanuel Macron dismissed the head of the Directorate General of External Security (DGSE), that is, foreign intelligence, Bernard Emie. French intelligence made several major failures at once, and this is especially true in Africa. Including those countries from which France was forced to leave, and Russia, on the contrary, is expanding its presence.

    Bernard Emie has headed French intelligence since 2017. His predecessor Jean-Pierre Palasse lasted seven months as director general and was fired by Macron with devastating characteristics (“total lack of professionalism”). Macron was outraged that Palasse was unable to organize work in Russia and Ukraine, as a result of which the French president “was not sufficiently informed,” including during the so-called Normandy process. French intelligence simply did not have agents in Moscow or the ability to analyze information.

    For Emie, the last call came a few days ago, when four DGSE employees were detained in Burkina Faso. Paris denies the involvement of the detainees in intelligence (“these are technical specialists”), but what was striking was the immediate departure from Burkina Faso of two dozen French citizens that followed this detention. Such a mass exodus clearly indicates the destruction of the spy network and is usually called an “evacuation.” The French also completely abandoned neighboring Niger.

    But the clouds over Emie began to gather around the summer of this year. Articles began to appear in the press about his possible resignation in connection with a series of coups d'etat in Africa and the reorientation of the Francophone countries of the continent towards Russia. The intermediate result of this trend was the virtual breakdown of the “French world” system in Africa, up to the refusal in a number of countries to use the French language.

    For Paris, this is a major geopolitical catastrophe. The post-colonial system in Africa was an important component of French statehood. Awareness of what is happening in Paris has not yet fully arrived, but the head of intelligence became the first victim of the process of rethinking the role of Paris in the world. Aimé, like his predecessor, “insufficiently informed” Macron.

    This is probably true, but the intelligence chief is not the primary reason for France’s withdrawal from the Sahel. Although, of course, despite the serious resources and positions of the DGSE in Africa, French intelligence frankly missed not so much the arrival of Russia on the continent, but the underlying processes taking place in the countries of the region. First of all, the explosive growth of anti-French sentiment, provoked by both the general post-colonial policy and the failure of French attempts to cope with Islamists in the Sahel and several separatist movements.

    Russian assistance turned out to be very effective on the ground. In particular, the recent liberation of the city of Kidal in Mali, which was considered the capital of the Tuareg separatists, is a clear example of this. The French, in principle, were unable to cope with the separatists, and the governments of a number of Sahel countries suspected that Paris, with the help of the DGSE, was playing a double game behind their back with both the Islamists and the Tuaregs.

    In addition, the DGSE additionally overslept the US activation in Africa, which was directly directed against the interests of France.

    Roughly speaking, Washington took advantage of the weakening position of Paris on the continent and began to squeeze historically established economic preferences from the French. In particular, the oil company Total suffered serious losses. And the possible loss of uranium mines in Mali generally calls into question the entire energy system of France.

    Another unpleasant story associated with Bernard Emie is the behind-the-scenes negotiations in Lebanon. The head of French intelligence personally arrived in Beirut, where he tried to manually control the Lebanese government and organize negotiations with Hezbollah. The fact is that Emie was previously ambassador to Jordan and Lebanon, although his initial diplomatic specialization was precisely the countries of the African Sahel. But he believed that his experience and authority were enough to solve something in Lebanon. Negotiations in Beirut eventually failed, and the local press published outrageous articles about how the head of French intelligence was manipulating the Lebanese government.

    Emie is a career diplomat. This is a feature of France: the chief of intelligence is usually appointed from diplomatic circles. It is believed that “CEO” is more a political than a professional position. An office in a gloomy building on Boulevard Mortier not far from the Père Lachaise cemetery is a so-so position for career growth.

    Emie, however, took his role seriously. He tried to reform the DGSE and got Macron to increase the intelligence budget. But Macron apparently has too high demands: he is trying to play on several fronts at once. First of all in Ukraine and then in Africa.

    The Ukrainian direction was consistently failed by three intelligence leaders, although the French President very much counted on his role in this process. Having failed, however, to achieve anything in the Ukrainian direction, Paris went into the shadows, but this was a strong blow to Macron’s pride. And then what happened in Africa happened, and the collapse of the external influence of Paris took on the character of an avalanche.

    Macron made an unconventional decision. Nicolas Lerner, who previously worked as the head of counterintelligence (DGSI), has been appointed to the position of Director General of the DGSE. A funny detail: the headquarters of the French counterintelligence is located on Stalingrad Boulevard in a building called Malakoff, in the sense of the Malakhov Kurgan near Sevastopol.

    This is a very controversial move, since the thinking of a counterintelligence officer is radically different from the style of thought of an intelligence officer. Roughly speaking, these are not only different professions, but simply different worlds. And Lerner was also a gendarme in the recent past. He worked both in the Parisian police and in the province (Rousseyon), but most importantly, he was the chief of police in Corsica. He somehow managed to come to an agreement with the local separatists, which ensured a positive effect from Macron’s trip to the island, during which the president even promised to increase Corsica’s rights to the point of autonomy. But Lerner's main advantage lies elsewhere. He is Macron's childhood friend. They studied together at an elite Parisian school, in parallel classes. Lerner is part of the president's inner circle. Macron placed his bet on a person he completely trusts.

    Most likely, Lerner will be left with the task of returning to those parts of the world and those areas from which France has withdrawn over the past five years. And by and large, Macron’s ambitions to “make France great again” are laudable. Any desire of a European state to get rid of American pressure and move to the sovereignty of its policies is worthy of respect and generally corresponds to the interests of Russia.

    But Lerner came to the DGSE from a very bad starting position. There is a structure, it works, but, like many other Western intelligence services, it is constrained by ideological dogmas such as “Atlantic solidarity.” For intelligence, this is a dead end: either you defend the national interests of France, or “Atlantic solidarity”, in which French interests are not visible.

    In addition, the new head of French intelligence now has to be on the defensive. The intelligence network in the Sahel has been destroyed. Those Arab countries that have traditionally been in the French orbit of gravity (Syria, Lebanon, Algeria) look at Macron’s attempts to declare himself with slight bewilderment. For example, Algeria openly supports the same Tuareg separatists that France seems to have signed up to fight. Over the past ten years, DGSE has never been able to correctly analyze the situation in a single country, which led to unpleasant incidents. For example, Macron's trip to Rwanda was a complete failure, although it was planned as a triumphant return.

    In any case, Nicolas Lerner's fate will be difficult. The appointment of a close childhood friend to the position of Director of DGSE is a landmark decision. DGSE as a structure will have additional hardware resources, but this will not mean an immediate improvement in positions even where they were lost in the last couple of years. And a return to the Russian track is only possible with the invention of some new approaches. But this is not yet visible in Paris.

    https://vz.ru/world/2023/12/26/1246039.html
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    Russia doubled exports of petroleum products to Africa in a year and a half, 03.21.2024.

    Lavrov: Russia has doubled its exports of petroleum products to Africa over the past year and a half.

    MOSCOW, March 21 – RIA Novosti. Russia has doubled its exports of petroleum products to African countries over the past year and a half, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview for the documentary project “Oil”.

    The Foreign Minister noted that the hydrocarbon market is expanding, Russia is not afraid of competition with other countries, including Iran.

    “Within the framework of OPEC+, of which both Iran and Russia are members, there is a clear understanding of how to negotiate and seek compromises. This scheme has been working for many years. No one is at a loss, no one is offended. Moreover, I think the hydrocarbon market is will grow. <...> If you look at the numbers, they are two to three times higher than the rates existing in many other countries, primarily in the West. India is growing even faster. Therefore, there will be no shortage of consumers," Lavrov said.

    He emphasized that “normal countries”, based on international law, will always find a mutually acceptable balance of interests.

    As Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said , China and India have become the main buyers of Russian oil and petroleum products , but there are still a lot of interested people from other countries in the world.

    Last July, Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said that Russia could supply 18-20 million tons of oil and petroleum products to African countries by the end of 2023.

    https://ria.ru/20240321/eksport-1934636702.html

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    Post  Kiko Thu Mar 21, 2024 10:34 am

    The Empire lets out its last sob, by Viktoria Nikiforova for RiaNovosti. 03.21.2024.

    “This is how the world will end, not with a bang, but with a whimper,” the words of an English poet who lived through the collapse of the British Empire, on which the sun never set, perfectly illustrate the fact that tectonic changes in geopolitics often occur without noise and dust. Empires fall in silence.

    So quietly and imperceptibly collapsed “Francafrica” - the neocolonial system, carefully and purposefully built by the French leadership on the territory of fourteen countries of the Dark Continent. In Paris, they did not notice that educated, smart youth have grown up in these countries, who are well versed in all global trends. There appeared its own middle class, the ever-rebellious and dissatisfied third estate. Most of all, it was dissatisfied with the oppressed status of its country.

    As soon as Russia began the Northeast Military District, it occurred to the Africans that the French occupiers could and should be driven out of their native land. The leaders of the countries were forced to implement the will of the people. And so the French military, losing their slippers, rushed from the continent. Paris lost sources of invaluable resources, which it took cheaply. What's worse is that Paris has lost its influence on people's minds. “Let me get out,” the French were told in Africa.

    The Central African Republic , Burkina Faso , Chad , Mali , and finally Niger , the main supplier of uranium to French nuclear power plants, have all left. At some very late stage, the legendary Russian PMC "Wagner " also became involved in the liberation. But they were not the initiators of the process. It all began much earlier, in the minds and hearts of citizens of enslaved countries. They are tired of their slavery.

    The silence that surrounds the fall of Francafrica is characteristic. “One of the most important empires of our time is disintegrating before our eyes,” writes American historian Alfred McCoy, “but the media hardly writes about this extraordinary event.” Well, why? The French media have their own agenda, they discuss the gender of the first lady of France, who is she - a man or a woman?

    "Francafrica" ​​ends with President Macron sobbing: he is now complaining to the whole world that he was kicked out of Africa by the Russians. Sorry, but Moscow has nothing to do with it. It was the French who carried out more than forty military interventions on the territory of the long-suffering continent from 1960 to 2002. It was the French who tortured and killed opposition leaders and local intellectuals without trial. It was the French “advisers” and “instructors” who provided military support to authoritarian regimes that squeezed all the juice out of citizens. Well, the citizens are tired of this - the answer has come.

    It seems that the collapse of the American Empire will happen just as quietly and as if by chance. Newspapers will write about Kim Kardashian's butt, and meanwhile the world hegemon will silently give up the ghost. The same Alfred McCoy believes that the United States is approaching final collapse, and evidence of this is the complete inability of the local elites to simultaneously cope with three crises - Ukrainian, Taiwanese and Palestinian.

    The historian believes that several decades before the final collapse, the empire faced a series of disasters that forever undermined its strength. For Britain these were the crises in Iran , India and Palestine . For the USSR - Czechoslovakia in 1968 and the severance of relations with Egypt . For the United States, such events were the failed interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Now Washington's policy in Ukraine has reached a dead end. It was not possible to weaken and contain Russia; the situation at the front is more favorable for Moscow than for Kiev . And the debate between Democrats and Republicans about supporting Ukraine has demonstrated to the world that Washington is an unreliable partner.

    A new round of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has also become an absolute failure for the United States. First, Washington failed to protect its client from a Hamas attack , and then did not lift a finger to stop the senseless and merciless massacre that the IDF unleashed. The whole world - including American cities - is coming out to rallies in support of the Palestinians. The entire world community is demanding that the UN adopt a ceasefire resolution. And only the United States over and over again vetoes all attempts to stop the bloodshed. This makes Washington a global pariah.

    As for Taiwan , Beijing can at any time impose a trade embargo on the islands, turning all ships into its ports. The Americans will try to break the embargo, McCoy argues, then the Chinese will shoot a couple of aircraft carriers at point-blank range, and the American soldiers will have to get away without a sip.
    The historian notes that both Moscow and Beijing are playing for the long haul, counting on the States not being able to bear their burden and breaking down sooner. The paradox is that both Biden’s victory can lead to collapse - the Democrats have proven that they cannot resolve any of the modern crises) and Trump’s victory - it will lead to the collapse of the United States. "If this happens, America's global hegemony will disappear with astonishing speed and will soon become a dim memory."

    I wonder whose sob will mourn the American empire? It seems that our runners will cry the loudest; it’s time for them to write obituaries for the future about the America they lost.

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