Museveni off to St. Petersburg for Russia- Africa Summit

President Yoweri Museveni departs Entebbe Airport to St Petersburg, Russia for the Africa Summit 2023 (Photo/Handout)

ENTEBBE, UGANDA: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today left for Russia to join other African leaders for the second Russia- Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum.

While in Russia, President Museveni is expected to have a tête-à-tête session with his host, Russian President Vladimir Putin on a wide range of issues.

He’s also expected to have several bilateral meetings and discussions with different delegations at the sidelines of the summit.

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The summit in St. Petersburg will run on Thursday and Friday after which H.E Museveni will head to the Serbian capital, Belgrade, to inaugurate a hub for promoting Uganda’s tourism, trade and investment potential in line with bolstering commercial diplomacy in Eastern Europe.

Uganda has for long enjoyed warm historical ties with Russia and present-day Serbia dating back to the early 1990s.


The Russia–Africa Summit is the highest-profile and largest-scale event in Russian–African relations, aimed at bringing about a fundamentally new level of mutually beneficial partnership to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The goal of the event is to promote efforts to strengthen comprehensive and equal cooperation between Russia and African nations across all areas of society including politics, security, economic relations, science and technology, and the cultural and humanitarian spheres.

President Yoweri Museveni (L) bids farewell to officials from the Office of the presidency at Entebbe Airport before departing to Russia for the Africa Summit 2023

The First Russia–Africa Summit took place on 23–24 October 2019 in Sochi under the motto of ‘For Peace, Security and Development’.

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This was the first time such a large-scale event had been held in the history of modern Russia, and was unprecedented in Russian–African relations. The participants identified priority areas of economic cooperation where concrete results could be achieved in the coming years.

A closing declaration was adopted at the end of the Summit, outlining the approval of goals and objectives for the future development of Russian–African cooperation across politics, security, economics, science and technology, culture and the humanitarian sphere.

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