SPIEF 2024
The 2024 edition of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place from June 5 to 8. The theme of this year's event is “The foundation of a multipolar world - forming new points of growth”.

Two African Ministers Who Studied Together in Soviet Union Meet at SPIEF-2024 Decades Later

© SputnikSaint Petersburg Interntaional Economic Forum, June 5, 2024
Saint Petersburg Interntaional Economic Forum, June 5, 2024 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 05.06.2024
This year's International Economic Forum, which is taking place in Russia's city of Saint Petersburg on June 5-8, is featuring more than 150 thematic sessions with more than 1,000 moderators and speakers and over 10 business dialogues.
Two African ministers, Sierra Leone's Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Julius Mattai, and Guinea-Bissau's Minister of Natural Resources, Malam Sambu, who studied together in the Soviet Union meet at SPIEF 2024 decades later.
The two senior officials greeted each other warmly before a session, which brought a smile to the faces of journalists and other participants in the discussion.
"I studied in the Soviet Union, in Krivoy Rog from 1986 to 1992," Mattai told journalists in Russian, adding: "We lived with Malam in the same dormitory, on the same floor. And we met here today for the first time in 30 years."
Preparations for SPIEF 2024 in St.Petersburg. File photo - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 04.06.2024
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