At the last Russia-Africa summit, in addition to writing off debts in the amount of USD 20 billion, extensively discussed by public, other, no less significant, agreements were also reached.
The delegation of the Republic of the Congo proposed that Russia jointly build a gas pipeline of about 1000 km long; the Alrosa company, which is already working in Angola in the sphere of exploration and diamond mining, will receive 15 exploration licenses in Zimbabwe by the end of 2019 and considers areas of possible cooperation with the government of Mozambique. Lukoil signed a memorandum with Equatorial Guinea, under which the company plans to participate in the production of hydrocarbons in the country.
To implement all these projects, not only investments and advanced technologies of foreign partners are needed, but also competent African personnel, because the customary precondition for the work of foreign companies is engaging local people as specialists.
Higher education is becoming an equally important area of cooperation between the black continent and Russia. With today’s shortage of skilled engineers in developing countries, sustainable economic development is virtually impossible.