The President of Russia

10/23/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2019 08:10

Meeting with President of the Central African Republic Faustin Archange Touadera

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, friends,

I am really delighted to welcome you once again to Russia. In May 2018, we had an extensive meeting on the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. Today, Mr President, we would like to thank you for being able to take part in the first Russia-Africa Summit.

I know that you have already visited Sochi, and I hope you like it here.

The Central African Republic is Russia's promising partner on the African continent. As we know, Russia was among the first countries to recognise the independence of your state by establishing diplomatic relations with it. Next year, we will be marking the 60th anniversary of these significant milestones in our interstate history.

Our countries maintain friendly relations. At certain stages, between 150 and 200 specialists from this country worked in your country.

We welcome your desire to expand diverse cooperation with Russia. We realise that, as a national leader, you face the difficult tasks of overcoming the consequences of a protracted military-political and socioeconomic crisis. In turn, we will do our best to support your efforts to stabilise the situation in the country and to strengthen mutually beneficial trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian ties.

Regarding trade and economic relations, we, of course, still have to accomplish a lot here. Good prospects are opening up here, including those in the field of agriculture, energy, industrial equipment supplies, and so on and so forth.

We need to think of how to completely activate the economic potential of our states. I suggest compiling a list of promising joint projects that can be implemented and exchanged. Based on this document, we will be able to look for our economic operators, Russian companies interested in working in your country.

The most important task is to streamline the contractual legal framework and to create favourable conditions for investment and for Russian business operations.

I believe that we will be able to discuss all these matters during our meetings today, including those on the sidelines of the summit and in an informal setting.

Thank you very much.

To be continued.