President Vladimir Putin of Russia is inviting African leaders for the first ever Russia-Africa summit in October.
The summit, to take place in the Russian town of Sochi, will seek to consolidate political, security and trade ties between Russia and African states.
The Russia–Africa summit is expected to see the participation of some 3,000 African businessmen, as reported by Modern Democracy.
The idea to hold a Russia-Africa summit was initiated by President Putin at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Johannesburg in July 2018.
It is unclear how many African leaders have been invited to the gathering.
But amongst those invited is Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya.
The invitation to Mr. Biya was handed to him on Wednesday by the Russian Ambassador to Cameroon Anatoly Bashkin during an audience at the Unity Palace in Yaounde.
“It should be noted that this is an event of unprecedented scale, which has never been held before in the USSR or in Russia,” said Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation.
“The summit will be a strategically important step towards creating the most favourable conditions to develop the trade and economic relations and diversify the forms and areas of Russia–African cooperation.
“Economies of most African countries develop progressively, and Africa will play an increasing role in the system of Russia’s foreign economic relations in the long term, as the region becomes more and more attractive for trade and investment,” Kobyakov added.