The Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin
Vyacheslav Victorovich The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the eighth convocation. Elected in single mandate constituency № 163 (Saratov constituency - Saratov Oblast) held a meeting with the President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Congo Pierre Ngolo in Moscow on the sidelines of the Second International Parliamentary Conference “Russia – Africa”.
Vyacheslav Volodin said: “We appreciate the current level of relations between our countries, which for a long time were not only friendly, as we felt each other's support.”
“It is important to do everything within the framework of the inter-parliamentary format to develop relations in all areas. Taking into account the active dialogue between the heads of our states, it would be right to set the dynamics at the level of the parliaments that will help us to resolve issues within our powers,” emphasized the Chairman of the State Duma.
Pierre Ngolo supported Vyacheslav Volodin. “As the heads of our states said, our task is to establish a strong and solid partnership between our countries based on friendship and fraternal relations,” said the President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Congo.
According to him, the cooperation at the level of parliaments “involves people in the process.”
“We are also convinced that both Russia and Africa are involved in some kind of battle for the well-being of the nations and the whole world. Of course, this is a battle for the good, it requires solidarity and good intentions,” said Pierre Ngolo.
During the meeting, Vyacheslav Volodin also said that it was planned to hold the International Parliamentary Conference “Russia-Africa” annually. The Chairman of the State Duma added that the Conference could be “a good basis for building our relations on the principles of friendship and mutual respect, non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the State Duma met with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Parliament of South Africa Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Zimbabwe Jacob Mudenda.
On 19–20 March 2023, the State Duma hosts the Second International Parliamentary Conference “Russia – Africa” in Moscow.
More than 40 official parliamentary delegations from almost all African countries will take part in the Conference. Representatives of the scientific, educational and expert communities from Russia and African countries, members of the State Duma, federal executive authorities, senators of the Federation Council, chairmen of the legislative bodies of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, representatives of the business community will also take part in the events of the Conference.
The objectives of the Conference are to strengthen parliamentary cooperation with African countries in the conditions of formation of a multipolar world, to develop relations and develop common approaches to legal regulation in the economy, science and education and security.
On March 19, on the first day of the Conference, there will be held the following round tables:
- Parliamentary Support of Scientific and Educational Cooperation
- Legislative Response to Economic Challenges
- Indivisible Security: Capabilities and Contributions of Parliaments
- Neocolonialism of the West: How to Prevent the Repetition of History.
On March 19, there will be also held a business breakfast with participation of the parliamentary delegations of African states and Russian business representatives.
On March 20, there will be held a plenary session of the International Parliamentary Conference entitled “Russia-Africa in the multipolar world”.
As part of the events of the Conference, the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin will hold bilateral meetings with several heads of delegations, speakers of parliaments and chambers of parliaments of African countries.
The Conference is planned to be held just few months before the Second Russia-Africa Summit, which is planned to be held on July 2023 in Saint Petersburg.
The First International Conference “Russia – Africa” was held in Moscow in 2019.