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.

Africa in Global Economic Governance: Nigeria and South African Perspectives

  • Location: London, UK

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) collaborated with the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to host this event that explored Africa’s involvement in global economic governance.

The event focused in particular on Nigeria and South Africa’s engagement with global economic governance institutions, such as the G-20, World Trade Organisation and BRICS, as well as Nigeria-South Africa relations in these contexts

South Africa is the only African country that is a member of both the G-20 and BRICS. This always raises issues of African interests and how well they are represented within these groupings, especially as the G20 still remains one of the most influential global forums for economic policy coordination, while the BRICS seems to be increasing both in global relevance and its African footprint.

The event took place on 8 December 2014 at the ODI offices in London. The keynote speaker and panellists provided a broad overview of the global economic governance landscape and shared strategies on how Nigeria and South Africa can better coordinate within this global architecture, and robust discussion on a variety of issues was held with the conference participants.

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