Kirsan Ilyumzhinov meets with the President of Togo Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé

On 16 September, the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, visited the Togolese Republic as part of a tour of African countries. In Lome (the capital of Togo), Kirsan Nikolaevich met with the President of Togo Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé at his residence.

According to Ilyumzhinov, “interaction with African countries is extremely important for Russia. Our joint projects on geological exploration and construction of energy infrastructure are already developing. Traditionally, Russian education and Russian teachers are highly regarded in African countries. Yet, economic cooperation remains an untouched field.


Working at FIDE, I saw how important the support of African countries is. Historically, even despite some internal differences, the African states act united on the international scene. The Africa Group comprises all the 54 African Union member States, which make up 28 per cent of UN membership: imagine how important their support would be for our initiatives!

Therefore, I very much appreciate the efforts of our country leadership, which has taken a course towards returning to Africa in the last decades. We are gradually are building up economic cooperation. Political interaction is also strengthening.”
Recall that on this trip to African countries, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov represents the International Agency for Sovereign Development as a member of the supervisory board and consultant. On 22-24 October, Sochi will host the Russia-Africa Summit, where various economic projects for African countries will be proposed by the International Agency for Sovereign Development.