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Experts to discuss logistics for increased trade between Russia, Africa



Experts to discuss logistics for increased trade between Russia, Africa

Stakeholders have converged at Petersburg, Russia for the Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum 2023 to discuss logistics to increase trade and economic turnover between Russia and Africa.


Ruslan Davydov, Acting Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation said this on Tuesday in St Petersburg, said that central to factors that increase trade was logistics.


According to him, many factors are involved in an increase in trade and economic turnover between Russia and Africa but central to all is logistics.

Davydov said that passengers and cargo transportation had a significant impact on the development of cooperation in the widest range of spheres, from tourism to the real economy.

He said that Russian experience creating large scale multi-lateral projects was extensive.

Davydov identified one of them to be the international North-South transportation corridor, which involves 12 nations.

“A fundamental redistribution of trade flows to the East and South are taking place right now and the outlook for Africa is good,’’ says Davydov.

He said that cargo traffic through the NSTC is projected to reach 41 million tonnes by 2030.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants of the panel discussion would look at the problems related to the establishment of logistical routes between Russia and Africa.

They are to also answer questions about how to build a more efficient system of logistics flows to ensure trade and economic turnover between Russia and Africa continue to grow.

The Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum 2023 is scheduled for Thursday and Friday in St Petersburg, Russia


3 teens arrested in Germany for allegedly plotting terror attack



German authorities have arrested three teenagers aged 15 and 16 on suspicion of plotting a deadly Islamist terrorist attack in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, prosecutors said on Friday.


The state’s Central Office for the Prosecution of Terrorism (ZenTer NRW) sought an arrest warrant for the teenagers over the Easter holiday.


They were suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in accordance with the aims and ideology of (extremist militia organisation) Islamic State.

The detained suspects are a 15-year-old girl from Dusseldorf, a 16-year-old girl from the Märkischer Kreis district and a 15-year-old boy from the Soest district, located about 100 kilometres to the east of Dusseldorf.

A fourth suspect has reportedly been identified in the south-western German state of Baden-Württemberg, and the local court there has issued an arrest warrant.

According to the investigators, the teenagers are accused of having agreed to commit murder and manslaughter.

This is in conjunction with the preparation of a serious act of violence endangering the state.

The presumption of innocence applied in all stages of the proceedings.

Security sources told newsmen that the young people had formed a chat group, but had not drawn up a concrete attack plan for a particular time and place.

However, sources said the cities of Dortmund, Dusseldorf and Cologne were discussed as targets, and attacks with knives and Molotov cocktails on people in churches or police officers in police stations had been considered.

The sources said authorities had also conducted searches as part of the investigation.

A machete and a dagger were seized in Dusseldorf, but no evidence of the construction of incendiary devices was discovered.

Sources said the father of the Dusseldorf suspect had already attracted attention from authorities in the past because he had allegedly collected donations for the Islamic State.

The investigators declined to reveal how the suspected terrorists were tracked down, but said that foreign intelligence agencies “did not play a role.”

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Putin Registers As Candidate For Russia’s Next Presidential Election



Russia on Monday officially recognised Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the presidential elections in March, a vote that he is all but certain to win.


The 71-year-old has led Russia since the turn of the century, winning four presidential ballots and briefly serving as prime minister in a system where opposition has become virtually non-existent.


The Central Election Commission said it had registered Putin, who nominated himself, as well as right-wing firebrand and Putin-loyalist Leonid Slutsky as candidates for the vote.

The election will be held over a three-day period from March 15 to 17, a move that Kremlin critics have argued makes guaranteeing transparency more difficult.

Following a controversial constitutional reform in 2020, Putin could stay in power until at least 2036.

Rights groups say that previous elections have been marred by irregularities and that independent observers are likely to be barred from monitoring the vote.

While Putin is not expected to face any real competition, liberal challenger Boris Nadezhdin has passed the threshold of signatures to be registered as a candidate.

However, it is still unclear if he will be allowed to run, and the Kremlin has said it does not consider him to be a serious rival.

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