Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Russia-Africa International Parliamentary Conference.

(European News Agency)

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] The second Russian-African parliamentary meeting closed on the 20th local time in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech at the meeting and announced that Moscow has written off more than US$20 billion (approximately NT$610.4 billion). African debt.

In his closing speech at the two-day conference, which was attended by official parliamentary delegations from more than 40 African countries, Putin said trade between Russia and African countries is growing every year and will reach nearly $18 billion by 2022 , this number is not suitable for us, and it is not a limit.

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Putin emphasized that the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), which will start in 2021, will bring more opportunities. The area will become a continental market with a total GDP of more than US$3 trillion in the future.

Putin said Moscow had written off more than $20 billion in debt to African countries.

The weight and role of African countries in world affairs are increasing, and they are becoming more and more confident in politics and economics that Africa will become one of the leaders of the new world order, while Russia agrees to cooperate with the African Free Trade Area through the Eurasian Economic Union and bilaterally build connection.