The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme is a policy research and stakeholder engagement programme to strengthen the influence of pro-poor African coalitions at global economic governance fora.


The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme engages with key stakeholders, to ensure that African views are included in our research and that our findings are widely disseminated and discussed. Our events include scoping workshops with African policy makers, business representatives and multilateral institutions, study groups to consult on policy recommendations and positions and representation, and media activities around GEG fora such as BRICS and G20 summits.

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  • Date Wednesday, 11 June 2014
  • Location Johannesburg

SAIIA hosted a panel discussion on 11 June 2014, addressed by Professor Bernard Hoekman, Programme Director of Global Economics at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy on ‘Restoring Multilateral Trade Cooperation’. Professor Hoekman’s presentation was followed by responses from a panel of international experts. The South African Department of Trade and Industry presented Special Remarks responding to the presentations and discussion.

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  • Date Wednesday, 04 June 2014
  • Location Pretoria

The Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, together with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the leading foreign policy research institute on the African continent, invites government officials, academics, researchers and officials from relevant civil society organisations to apply for a capacity building workshop on 'Global Economic Governance: A Focus on African Countries.'

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  • Date Tuesday, 27 May 2014
  • Location Johannesburg

SAIIA and the Mandela Institute of the University of Witwatersrand hosted a Speakers Meeting on 27 May 2014, which was addressed by Dr Olivier Blanchard, Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on ‘The Global Economic Outlook and Emerging Markets’.

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  • Date Wednesday, 21 May 2014
  • Location Stipphotels Kiyovu, Kigali, Rwanda

The South African Institute of International Affairs and the South African Ministry of Finance invite you to a cocktail reception and discussion session on 'South Africa in the G-20 and the BRICS: In pursuit of development', with Mmakgoshi Phetla-Lekhete, Deputy Director General, National Treasury of South Africa.

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  • Date Tuesday, 25 March 2014
  • Location Pretoria, South Africa

SAIIA hosted a Public Forum on "A Review of South Africa’s Trade Strategy in Light of Global Developments", 25 March 2014, in conjunction with the British High Commission and the New Zealand High Commission.

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  • Date Monday, 17 March 2014
  • Location Rio, Brazil

The Center on Global Trade and Investment (CGTI) at the School of Economics from Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil hosted the 5th BRICS Trade and Economic Research Network (TERN) meeting on 17 March 2014 at the FGV Headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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  • Date Friday, 14 March 2014
  • Location Rio, Brazil

As the sixth BRICS head of state summit approaches, it is clear that the grouping’s agenda is far from static. The BRICS Policy Center (BPC) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted a seminar to address some of the inter-BRICS and intra-BRICS dynamics relevant to the consolidation of the grouping as a whole.

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  • Date Wednesday, 04 December 2013
  • Location Bali

On 4 December 2013, SAIIA will host a session on the sidelines of the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, on the topic "BRICS and the Multilateral Trading System." This session is part of the Bali Trade and Development Symposium, which will take place from 3-5 December.

Two new books on the emergence of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) grouping will come under the spotlight during SAIIA’s two-day conference on ‘BRICS and Africa: A partnership for Development’ on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. A special discussion at the conference will explore the impact of this emerging powers bloc on the current global political and economic systems.

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  • Date Monday, 11 November 2013
  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa

The South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, gave the keynote address at the Second Annual African G-20 Conference, on the theme “The G-20 and Africa’s Economic Growth and Transformation”. The conference on 11 November 2013 was hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the University of Pretoria, as part of their Global Economic Governance Africa Project. This project seeks to ensure that African interests are understood and effectively represented in the various global forums that debate and set rules for global economic governance.

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) in Brazil hosted a conference on ‘BRICS and Africa – A Partnership for Sustainable Development?’. Presentations and other materials are available here.

The South Sudan Petroleum and Mining Minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, has recently announced that China has decided to give South Sudan's mining sector a boost by lending the young state between US$1 billion and US$ 2 billion. The full amount will be spread between infrastructure projects, the mining industry and agricultural projects. Together, the two countries will conduct South Sudan's first geological survey, funded by a US$ 43 million Chinese loan.

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  • Date Monday, 09 September 2013
  • Location Rome, Italy

On September 8–10, 2013, CFR and the Italian Institute of International Affairs convened the third Council of Councils regional conference: "Europe and the Future of Global Governance." The South African Institute of International Affairs (who manage the GEGAfrica website) is part of the Council of Councils and was invited to participate in the event.

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  • Date Thursday, 29 August 2013
  • Location SAIIA, Johannesburg

Members of the press were invited to a special media briefing on “The G-20 Summit 2013: Understanding South Africa’s agenda in St. Petersburg” on 29 August 2013.

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  • Date Tuesday, 13 August 2013
  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa

The Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Humanities Department at the University of Pretoria are delighted to invite you to this G20 Study Group meeting scheduled as follows:

1. We, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, met to review the current global economic conjuncture and discuss the required policies in preparation for our Leaders’ Summit in September.

The first Civil 20 Summit was opened on June 13 in Moscow by the co-chairperson of the C20, Elena Topoleva and a welcome address from President Putin was read by Ksenia Yudaeva, Russian G20 Sherpa and Chief of Presidential Experts’ Directorate.

The 39th annual Group of 8 (G8) Summit takes place on 17 and 18 June 2013, with the UK as this year's president. To provide insights into her country's plan for this year's summit, Dame Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa, addressed a G8 study group this week organised by the GEGAfrica project (under SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme) and the Humanities Department at the University of Pretoria.

SAIIA Occasional Paper No 127, December 2012


The Chinese government has attached great importance to the country’s relationship with South Africa. South Africa is the first developing country to which China has proposed establishing a ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’.

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  • Date Wednesday, 08 May 2013
  • Location University of Pretoria

The South African Institute of International Affairs hosts a Speaker’s Meeting addressed by  Mr. David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) on “South Africa: Facing the Challenges of the Global Economy.”

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