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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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’.

  • 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.”

  • Location Durban, South Africa

The fourth meeting of the BRICS Trade and Economic Research Network (BRICS TERN) took place in Durban on 13 and 14 March 2013, hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

The BRICS TERN brings together think tanks and senior policy makers from BRICS countries to exchange views on trade, investment and economic policy issues.

  • Location Durban, South Africa

South Africa will host the fifth BRICS Summit from 26 to 27 March 2013 at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC). This will complete the first cycle of BRICS summits.

These summits are convened to seek common ground on areas of importance for these major economies. Talks represent spheres of political and entrepreneurial coordination, in which member countries have identified several business opportunities, economic complementarities and areas of cooperation.


Read more on the offical BRICS Summit 2013 website.

  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa

The South African Institute of International Affairs  and the Global economic Governance Africa ( GEG-Africa) Project

hosts a special media briefing on

Setting the Scene: The journey to Durban and BRICS 5

15:00 – 16:30, Monday, 25 March 2013, Suncoast Hotel and Towers , DURBAN

Event Background:

On 26 and 27 March 2013, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet in Durban for the 5th Annual BRICS Summit. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) will be in Durban to engage with policymakers and the media.

We will be hosting a short media briefing that seeks to set the scene and tease out some of the hot topics as the five leaders meet behind closed doors. Having attended last week’s official BRICS Academic Forum, SAIIA has a number of fresh insights from the BRICS members. 
Our presentation will also include two high school students who participated in the Model BRICS Youth debate. These students, along with 20 of their peers from schools around Gauteng, conducted their own research and crafted the SAIIA BRICS Youth Communique on Saturday, 16 March 2013. They will present their ideas of what the BRICS should be focusing on from a youth perspective, particularly around the proposed BRICS Development Bank.

Event Details:

Date: Monday, 25 March 2013
Time: 15h00 – 16h30
Venue: Suncoast Hotel and Towers, 20 Battery Beach Road, Suncoast Blvd/North Beach, Durban, Tel: +27 31 314 7878 (The Suncoast Hotel is 3km from the Durban ICC)

Event Programme:

15h00 – 15h20:        BRICS Youth Communique presented by Morategi Kale from Pretoria High School for Girls and Thokozani Nlhopo from Willowmore High School

15h25 – 16h00: 1.    The journey to Durban and BRICS 5 by Catherine Grant-Makokera
2. Beyond the BRICS: Shaping the Africa Agenda by Memory Dube
16h00 – 16:30 Questions

For more, please contact SAIIA's Communications Manager, Chevon Erasmus Porter on + 27 82 820 8036 or">

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