Rosoboronexport fosters cooperation with countries of Southern Africa
26.10.2018 Press releaseRosoboronexport JSC (part of the Rostec State Corporation) took part in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Day celebrations.
“Rosoboronexport regards the Southern African Development Community as a promising partner. It is one of the largest and most influential subregional organizations whose activities are aimed at comprehensively promoting the development of its member countries. The Community’s goals and objectives largely comply with our strategy on the African continent. We are working closely with member countries of the Community in strengthening infrastructural and state security, combating terrorism and organized crime, preparing and equipping peacekeeping missions under the auspices of the Community. We are pleased to have such a strong and reliable partner in Africa,” said Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev.
SADC was formed in 1980. Today it comprises 16 member countries, including South Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, which are striving to establish a single financial, legal, and trade and economic space. Rosoboronexport actively holds meetings with SADC at various levels to discuss possible cooperation projects.
Today, Rosoboronexport notes an upward trend in the arms market in the sub-Saharan African countries, which is due to a number of objective factors. Among them are the fight against the spread of international terrorism and Islamic radicalism, the continuing threat of maritime piracy. In addition, different units from countries in the region are actively involved in peacekeeping operations.
The Company uses a comprehensive approach to cooperation with the countries of the region, offering its partners the delivery of final products, as well as the necessary logistics support throughout their life cycle, training and the establishment of facilities for the repair and maintenance of products. In addition, the possibility of organizing licensed production of Russian weapons and military equipment on their territory is being discussed with some countries.