With a land mass bigger than China, Europe, India, and the US together, African continent with its natural resources and human potential has become an emerging centre of world development, as well as a zone of clash of interests of all major geopolitical players. The European Union, the USA, China, India, Brazil, Turkey, the Gulf States, and many others have taken note of the potential in Africa’s transformation, and have mostly decided to increase their engagement. Africa has not yet risen to the top of Ukrainian business and political leaders’ agendas. It is time for Ukraine to understand that Africa is a significant part of its future. African countries will affect further global security and development challenges, as well as will open opportunities for Ukraine’s economic growth and influence. This article considers preconditions and perspectives of Ukraine-African cooperation, as well as ways of establishing win-win and self-sufficient relations between them.

Liubov Abravitova assumed her role as Counsellor at the Embassy of Ukraine in Pretoria in January 2017. Prior to this, she served as Counsellor in the Middle East and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. She entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 2003. Her overseas tours have included Ottawa (Canada), Brussels (Belgium), and Geneva (Switzerland). She also served as a press attach? for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Abravitova received a BA in International Relations from Odesa National University and a Master of Advanced Studies (European security issues) from the University of Geneva.

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