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T20 Africa Conference: Building alliances for sustainable development

Event Info

  • Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2017
  • Location: Johannesburg

On 1 February 2017, a high-level conference on Africa’s relationship with the Group of 20 (G20) was opened by the German Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn, who spoke on the key priorities of the German G20 Presidency. A dinner keynote that evening will be delivered by Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele of the South African Reserve Bank.

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. 

 Download the Communiqué here, or read snippets and highlights from the discussions on #T20Africa.

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

Media coverage

Event details

Date:            1-2 February 2017              
Location:      Johannesburg

Download the keynote address by Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, Daniel Mminele.

   For the full programme, please click here.

 

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(all photos copyright Petrus Saayman/ SAIIA/ DIE)

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