The forum was held under the auspices of the secretariat of the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum, headed by the Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation O.B. Ozerov. Ambassadors of a number of African countries, heads of organizations engaged in African research, African scientists from Russia, the CIS countries, as well as from African countries have been invited to the forum. It was planned to discuss a wide range of issues related to the development of relations between Russia and the countries of the African continent. Leading organizations and scientists engaged in African research, as well as issues of Russian-African cooperation (Institute for African Studies of the RAS, Institute of Oriental Studies of the RAS, Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, MGIMO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation) took part in the Forum.
More than 100 participants took part in the forum: representatives of state authorities, leading scientists, experts and specialists from Russia and 8 countries (France, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan).
Over the past years students of African studies have traditionally taken part in the work of the "School of Young Africanists", organized by the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. And in 2012, the XI "School of Young Africanists" was held on the basis of KFU.
At the International Scientific Forum "Russia — Africa: Politics, Economics, History and Culture" 7 sections, a round table on the topic "Cooperation between Russia and African countries" were organized as well as the presentation of O. Ozerov’s book "Karim Khakimov: A Chronicle of Life" about the outstanding Soviet diplomat A.Kh. Karimov.