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  • Development Finance with Chinese Characteristics?

    After a late flurry of additions to the founding membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), attention now turns to setting the China-led AIIB’s rules and regulations. But important questions remain – most important, whether the AIIB is a potential rival or a welcome complement to existing multilateral financial institutions like the World Bank.

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  • South Africa Beyond the BRICS

    South Africa’s role in global economic governance is mainly articulated through its membership of the G-20 and the BRICS grouping. The G-20 has emerged as the premier forum on global economic governance, while the BRICS countries have positioned themselves as a force for positive change in global economic affairs.

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  • Turkey and the G20 Presidency: Implications for Africa

    On 31 March 2015, the South African Institute of International Affairs hosted a G-20 Study Group on 'Turkey and the G-20 Presidency: Implications for Africa.'

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  • South Africa’s Place in an Economic Global Order

    In December, my colleagues from SAIIA and the University of Pretoria brought together South African colleagues and international experts for a conference on “Alliances Beyond BRICS: South Africa’s Role in Global Economic Governance”.
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  • Third Annual African G-20 Conference

    Dr Bheki Mfeka, Special Economic Adviser to the President, and South African G-20 Sous Sherpa, today addressed the Third Annual African G-20 Conference. His full speech is now available online.

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GEGAfrica Discussions

  • Development Finance with Chinese Characteristics?
    Development Finance with Chinese Characteristics? After a late flurry of additions to the founding membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), attention now turns to setting the China-led AIIB’s rules and regulations. But important questions remain – most important, whether the AIIB is a potential rival or a welcome complement to existing multilateral financial institutions like the World Bank.
  • South Africa Beyond the BRICS
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    South Africa Beyond the BRICS South Africa’s role in global economic governance is mainly articulated through its membership of the G-20 and the BRICS grouping. The G-20 has emerged as the premier forum on global economic governance, while the BRICS countries have positioned themselves as a force for positive change in global economic affairs.
  • BRICS Insights Papers: BRICS and Development Finance Institutions
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    BRICS Insights Papers: BRICS and Development Finance Institutions A new set of papers has just been released, looking at BRICS and Development Finance Institutions.
  • Nene faces toughest test yet
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    Nene faces toughest test yet South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is facing his biggest baptism of fire yet when he delivers his maiden National Budget speech on Wednesday, as the country desperately needs him to plug the gap between national spending and revenue. South Africa’s debt trend is not sustainable.
  • Where is the ‘A’ in ‘BRICS’?
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    Where is the ‘A’ in ‘BRICS’? The BRICS certainly want to engage with Africa yet the consensus is that it is up to the continent to determine how it wants to use its platform to navigate the international system – and many questions remain unanswered. Rebecca Ramsamy, ECDPM's Young International Professional and former intern with SAIIA, reports on discussions at a recent Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung conference.
  • A fresh approach to credit ratings
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    A fresh approach to credit ratings Over the past few years there have been discussions amongst the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries to open up their own rating agency that will compete with the 'big three' credit rating agencies - that is, Standard and Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s and the Fitch Group. S&P and Moody’s are based in the US.
  • South Africa’s Place in an Economic Global Order
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    South Africa’s Place in an Economic Global Order Without question South Africa remains a vibrant, complicated and seemingly a growing troubled land. My colleagues from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) one of the premiere think tanks in South Africa and the University of Pretoria, particularly the Department of Political Science there brought together some of their South African colleagues with experts from a number of countries for a conference (December 4th-5th) titled “Alliances Beyond BRICS:…
  • The G-20 Tax Agenda and Africa's Needs
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    The G-20 Tax Agenda and Africa's Needs The importance of taxation goes far beyond providing income to finance the public sector, investments, and the basic needs of the population. The establishment of states is partly attributed to the tax system which has also contributed to promoting the state’s legitimacy, strengthening democracy, as well as to creating economic well-being for the general population.
  • A good week for global governance
    A good week for global governance For global governance watchers, last week was the big week of the year. Between 7 November and 16 November, the world witnessed an APEC meeting in Yanqi Lake near Beijing complete with a bilateral China–Japan ‘breakthrough’ and a major US–China climate deal; an historic ASEAN and East Asia Summit held in Naypidaw, Myanmar; and a colourful G-20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia.

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