This discussion paper examines the roles of South Africa and Kenya as regional gateways for global value chains (GVCs) coordinated by multinational corporations (MNCs), and the obstacles small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face in entering those value chains, owing to the voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) enacted by MNCs.
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.
A Study Group on Beneficial Ownership, co-hosted by GEG Africa and the South African Department of Public Service and Administration, brought together various stakeholders from international and local spheres to discuss the issues surrounding transparency in beneficial ownership.
E-commerce has evolved the global trade landscape, opening up trade to online platforms and extending the reach to a larger connected global market. On 26 October 2016, GEG Africa hosted a study group, reaching out to key stakeholders involved in e-commerce trade and regulation. The discussions will enhance the recommendations in our upcoming Discussion Paper and Policy Brief.
The 11th annual G-20 Summit took place in Hangzhou, China in September. The theme for China's presidency was, ‘Towards an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy’.
GEG Africa’s outreach event in Lusaka, titled ‘BRICS, G20 and Africa’, was co-hosted with the National Treasury of South Africa, and led by Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Mcebisi Jonas.
On 23 May 2016, the GEG Africa programme hosted a workshop on 'Global Value Chains and Small, Medium Enterprises: What Role for the G20?'
On 16 July 2016, the GEG Africa programme hosted a illicit financial flows (IFFs) scoping workshop on 'Achieving Sustainable Development Goals to significantly reduce IFFs: Developing the GEG Africa 3-year programme.' The event was held in partnership with the Global Tax Policy Centre at the University of Vienna.
On 24 August 2016, the GEG Africa programme held a Study Group event titled: 'Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Infrastructure Financing in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Impact.'
The GEGAfrica project has been funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.