This T20 Africa conference was co-hosted by SAIIA, the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel), with support from the Managing Global Governance (MGG) Network the Global Economic Governance Africa (GEG Africa) project. It was an opportunity for leaders from universities and think tanks, high-level policy-makers from South Africa, Germany, international and African regional organisations to discuss how Africa and the G20 can build alliances for sustainable development.
The G20 represents 90% of the world economy, 80% of world trade and two-thirds of the world population, and is the premier forum for international economic co-operation. On 1 December 2016, Germany took over the presidency of the G20 from China.
On 18 January, German Development Minister Gerd Müller announced details of a new initiative, dubbed 'The African Marshall Plan'. The plan focuses on developing the African continent through boosting African economies and creating jobs.
The conference provided an opportunity for leaders from universities and think tanks, and high-level decision-makers from South Africa, Germany, international and African regional organisations to discuss what future co-operation between the G20 and Africa could and should look like. A range of experts spoke on:
- Infrastructure Investment and Industrialisation
- E-Commerce and The Digital Economy
- Extractives, Taxes and Illicit Financial Flows
- Agriculture, Food Security and Climate
- Trade and Investment
- Enabling Social and Political Environments
- Engineering News: 'Mobilising youth, greater entrepreneurship key to unlocking job creation in Africa.'
- SA Breaking News article, 'Africa targets 50 percent Internet access by 2025.'
- News Ghana: 'Africa demands more voice in G20.'
- Read an SABC article about the conference, 'G20 to focus on Africa for the first time', or watch the video segment below.
Date: 1-2 February 2017
(all photos copyright Petrus Saayman/ SAIIA/ DIE)