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The G-20 and Africa’s Economic Growth and Transformation

 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaking at the G20 and Africa conference, 11 November 2013. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaking at the G20 and Africa conference, 11 November 2013. Photo © Riona Judge McCormack/ SAIIA

  • 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.

Event materials

Click here to download theicon Second Annual SAIIA G-20 Conference - Programme (387.98 kB).

Photos from the Conference are available on SAIIA's Facebook page.

Keynote Speech
South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan

Session 1: The G20 Agenda – from Russia to Australia
Presentation by H E Mr Graeme Wilson (PDF. 241.55 kB), Embassy of Australia
Presentation by H E Ms. Judith Macgregor (245.69 kB), British High Commission
Presentation by Yaroslav Shishkin (PDF, 582.24 kB), Embassy of Russia

Session 2: Structural Transformation of African Economies: What Role for the G20?
Presentation by Franklin Cudjoe, Imani Centre for Policy and Education, Ghana (awaiting)
Presentation by Axel Schimmelpfenning (PDF, 253.26 kB), IMF
Presentation by Godber Tumubashe (PDF, 789.4 kB), Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment
Presentation by Lincoln Marais (PDF, 582.18 kB), African Tax Administration Forum

Session 3: Infrastructure Financing in Africa
Presentation by Ebrima Faal (PDF, 924.93 kB), African Development Bank (awaiting)
Presentation by Ntlai Mosiah (PDF, 929.95 kB), Standard Bank
Presentation by Emmanuel Nyirinkindi (PDF, 806.89 kB), International Finance Corporation (awaiting)
Presentation by Dr Seid Nuru Ali (PDF, 1.8 MB), Ethiopian Economics Association (awaiting)

Event background

The annual G-20 conferences are designed to interrogate some of the policy issues that the G-20 deals with, how these intersect with Africa’s interests and how the G-20 in turn can support Africa. The conference agenda for 2013 focuses on the following: how the outgoing and incoming G-20 presidencies – Russia and Australia - view the South African and African Agenda within the G-20, where they place it and how they think that agenda can be best pursued; the structural transformation of African economies within the context of other issues such as sustainable debt levels, engagement with emerging economies, tax and capital flight, corruption as well as natural resource management and governance and how these issues relate to the G-20 agenda; and also explore the various strategic and innovative financing mechanisms for infrastructure development as proposed by the G-20 and their relevance for Africa.

Event details:

Date:   Monday, 11 November 2013
Time:   09h00 – 17h30
Venue: Johannesburg


This event was organised under the Global Economic Governance Africa (GEGAfrica) project, managed by SAIIA and the University of Pretoria. Visit www.gegafrica.org for more G-20 materials.

SAIIA, together with the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) of Brazil also hosted a related event in the same week. This conference on ‘BRICS and Africa – A Partnership for Sustainable Development?’ took place on  12 and 13 November 2013. For more details on this event, please click here.

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