In March 2021, Vladimir Putin announced preparations for a second Russia-Africa summit and economic forum planned for 2022.
Despite reports that the event could be held on African soil, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov confirmed in November 2021 that the event would be held in St Petersburg in November 2022.
Bogdanov added in early 2022 that the summit could also be held in a video format.
Yesterday, 27 April, Sergey Lavrov issued a statement
that "the summit is being prepared, specific organisational aspects are being worked out, the countries need to find a decision convenient for all on the time and form of the summit".
Lavrov said the areas of Moscow's interaction with African countries had been identified at the first Sochi summit:
"This includes political dialogue, and cooperation in the economy, in the investment sphere, humanitarian ties, and educational contacts."
Speaking at the AFROCOM's January forum "Russia - Ethiopia - Djibouti: prospects for business development", Irina Abramova, Director of the Institute of Africa, Russian Academy of Sciences, expressed hope that the upcoming second Russia-Africa summit will be "a forum not of prospects, but of concrete results".
Several African leaders have already confirmed their participation, including President of Nigeria Mohammadu Buhari and President of Guinea-Bissau Umaru Sisoko Embalo. Egypt's active involvement in the preparation and content of the event's programme has also been confirmed.
The first Russia-Africa summit was held in Sochi on 23-24 October 2019, co-chaired by Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. It was attended by representatives of all 54 countries on the continent, with 43 of them represented at the highest level. Russia and Africa signed more than 50 agreements worth 800 billion roubles over two days in Sochi.