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The purpose of the study is to justify the need and usefulness of a new strategy based on creating own value chains by Russian companies with the participation of producers from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The article highlights reasons for such format of cooperation between Russian business and African continent. Analytical data of international economic organizations (OECD, IMF, IBRD, UNCTAD) and publications of leading experts in the field of modern economic cooperation serves as the basis of current model analysis of foreign economic relations and economic growth in the SSA countries. The authors also focuses on key factors of social consequences of economic growth in SSA. Special attention is given to the forms and results of African producers's integration into global value chains (GVCs), which is managed by western companies. The authors describes the difficult economic situation in cocoa industry in SSA and substantiates the potential benefits that African entrepreneurs can receive from cooperation with Russian partners by means of specially selected food chain (from the cultivation of cocoa beans to the production of chocolate). The article expresses the advantages of the new format of international economic activity that Russian chocolate producers can obtain on the domestic and foreign markets. They need stable and manageable channels for supplying semi-finished products which can be used for the production of the final product, and revising their own position in the product processing chain. The final part of the article examines the problems and obstacles of implementing the new format for Russian-African economic cooperation. The role of governmental structures in supporting Russian business in SSA is also shown. The authors state the importance of effective communication of the relevant state departments with the business community and make proposals to resolve existing problems.
sub-Saharan Africa, strategy of international economic activity, global value chains
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