Date: Thursday 7 June 2012
Time: 16:15 for 16:30 – 18:00 (to be followed by light refreshments)
Venue: Graduate Centre Room 1 -70, University of Pretoria (Map attached)
Please use the Main entrance which is situated at the T junction of Roper and Lynnwood roads. The Graduate Centre is number 52 on the map, opposite the Law faculty.
Parking: Available opposite the entrance of the Graduate Centre
The Group of 20 (G20) has set itself up as the steering committee for the global economy. It will meet on 18 and 19 June 2012 in Los Cabos, Mexico at a time of intensified global uncertainty. The G20 needs to steer a course between crises prevention and the long term restructuring of the global economy. How will these dynamics play out in Los Cabos? And what is South Africa and Africa's interests in the meeting?
H.E. Héctor Valezzi serves as Ambassador of Mexico to South Africa and a number of countries in the SADC region. From March 2007 to July 2011 he served as Mexican Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union. Ambassador Valezzi holds a Law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Master's degree in National Security and Military Administration from the National Defence College, also based in the Mexican capital.
Mr Alan Hirsch is Director General of Policy Coordination and oversees economic policy implementation in the South African Presidency. He also represents the presidential office at the G20 and is co-chair of the G20 Development Working Group. His background is in Economics, Economic History and History and he has read at the University of Cape Town, Wits University and Columbia University in the United States.