"Asia and Africa today"
- is a scientificl monthly journal (in Russian)
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Included in Russian Science Citation Index on
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ISSN 0321-5075
Published since July 1957.

"Asia and Africa today" № 4 2020

Title

ECONOMIC INVOLVMENT OF PERSIAN GULF COUNTRIES IN AFRICA

DOI

10.31857/S032150750009089-9

Аuthor

Andrey V. FEDORCHENKO
Dr.Sc. (Economics), Professor, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, MGIMO University; Leading Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Victor F. ARTYUSHKIN
PhD (Political Science), Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Econometrics and IT; Senior Research Fellow, Center for Global Studies, MGIMO University ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Abstract:

   The article deals with a relatively new - African vector in the foreign economic strategy of a number of Arabian monarchies. The author analyzes the political background of economic relations, traditional trade relations between GCC countries and Africa.

   The main investment directions of the Arabian monarchies on the African continent are determined. It is concluded that the political component is still strong in the export of Arabian capital to Africa, since there are more manifestations of socio-economic backwardness on the continent than in other developing regions. Securing the purely economic interests of Arabian public and private investors has to be put off for at least the medium term.

   The nature of military-technical cooperation is separately considered. One of the components of the strategy of the GCC countries on the continent is the provision of security and the conclusion of military transactions, only a small part of which (in value) is associated with the trade in arms and military equipment. The market successes of arms supplies by the Gulf monarchies to Africa, compared with the world's major suppliers, are more than modest.

   In the final part of the article, the possibilities of Russian-Arabian cooperation in the implementation of African projects are outlined. The implementation of economic projects based on the creation of “triangles” with the participation of Russia, African countries and Arabian monarchies can be a promising method of strengthening Russian positions on the African continent.

Keywords:

African economy, GCC, foreign trade, investment, military-technical cooperation

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