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The South African Institute of International Affairs  and the Global economic Governance Africa ( GEG-Africa) Project

hosts a special media briefing on

Setting the Scene: The journey to Durban and BRICS 5

15:00 – 16:30, Monday, 25 March 2013, Suncoast Hotel and Towers , DURBAN

Event Background:

On 26 and 27 March 2013, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet in Durban for the 5th Annual BRICS Summit. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) will be in Durban to engage with policymakers and the media.

We will be hosting a short media briefing that seeks to set the scene and tease out some of the hot topics as the five leaders meet behind closed doors. Having attended last week’s official BRICS Academic Forum, SAIIA has a number of fresh insights from the BRICS members. 
Our presentation will also include two high school students who participated in the Model BRICS Youth debate. These students, along with 20 of their peers from schools around Gauteng, conducted their own research and crafted the SAIIA BRICS Youth Communique on Saturday, 16 March 2013. They will present their ideas of what the BRICS should be focusing on from a youth perspective, particularly around the proposed BRICS Development Bank.


Event Details:

Date: Monday, 25 March 2013
Time: 15h00 – 16h30
Venue: Suncoast Hotel and Towers, 20 Battery Beach Road, Suncoast Blvd/North Beach, Durban, Tel: +27 31 314 7878 (The Suncoast Hotel is 3km from the Durban ICC)

Event Programme:


15h00 – 15h20:        BRICS Youth Communique presented by Morategi Kale from Pretoria High School for Girls and Thokozani Nlhopo from Willowmore High School

15h25 – 16h00: 1.    The journey to Durban and BRICS 5 by Catherine Grant-Makokera
2. Beyond the BRICS: Shaping the Africa Agenda by Memory Dube
16h00 – 16:30 Questions

For more, please contact SAIIA's Communications Manager, Chevon Erasmus Porter on + 27 82 820 8036 or Chevon.ErasmusPorter@wits.ac.za">Chevon.ErasmusPorter@wits.ac.za

A special briefing on the upcoming BRICS Summit in South Africa, for diplomats based in South Africa. This briefing will be held by the GEGAfrica project and SAIIA.

As South Africa prepares to host the fifth annual BRICS Summit from 26 to 27 March 2013 in Durban, policymakers in both the developed and developing world will be considering the likely impact of these emerging actors on the international world order. Over the last 6 years the BRIC Forum has evolved into a political and diplomatic grouping, with South Africa joining the bloc in December 2010 to form the BRICS.

While the impact of BRICS is yet to be determined, it has begun to operate as a forum for discussion of various issues with relevance to Africa and its place in the world.

This briefing is intended to provide general information in advance of Summit preparations, drawing on expertise from within SAIIA as well as inviting recognised experts on these issues to contribute.

This is a closed event, by invitation only.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 00:00

Moscow Think 20 Meeting

The Think 20 Meeting took place in Moscow on December 11 as part of Russia's G20 presidency. Representatives of leading global think tanks exchanged opinions on the most important issues on the global economic agenda.

Kseniya Yudaeva, Russia's G20 Sherpa, focused her opening remarks on the important role that think tanks play in maintaining contacts between the expert community and government officials and supporting an ongoing exchange on how to make the work of the G20 more effective, as well as outlining the most important priorities for the current and future work of the group.

She also said that the focus of the meeting, Fostering Economic Growth and Sustainability, reflects the main goals that the G20 has been working to achieve from the very start: studying the main reasons behind the economic crisis and finding ways for initiating a recovery.

Some of the ideas proposed by the experts during the Think 20 Meeting will be included in the agenda for the December 12 G20 Sherpas' Meeting, Yudaeva said. She spoke about the plans and priorities of Russia's G20 presidency.

The G20 Finance Track will be based on the traditional G20 agenda during the year of Russia's presidency, Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak said. It will continue focusing on issues raised over previous years. He also informed the audience that G20 finance ministers will meet in Moscow on February 15-16, 2013.

The main results of the Think 20 Meeting will be presented at the conference Fostering Economic Growth and Sustainability to be held in Moscow on December 13, 2012.

 

Click here to read the full opening remarks.

The International Development Law Unit, Centre for Human Rights, a key advocacy organisation for human rights in Africa, together with the South African Institute for International Affairs, leading foreign policy research institute on the African continent, invite government officials and researchers to apply for a capacity building workshop on:

Global Economic Governance: A Focus on African Countries

About the workshop: A two-week capacity building workshop to be held at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, from the 28th January 2013- 8th February 2013.

The Objectives of the workshop include:

  • To strengthen knowledge and capacity building on Global Economic Governance
  • To ensure better understanding on the different factors, aspects, processes and key institutions that exist within and make up Global Economic Governance
  • To provide extensive discussion and interactive sessions on current issues largely affecting Global Economic Governance
  • To provide a critical assessment on the impact of Global Economic Governance on African countries


How to apply:

Please note that the workshop will be conducted in English, therefore a high proficiency in English is required. Applications are to be submitted online together with the following documents:

  • a motivation letter, explaining what the applicant and their respective employers hope to get out of the programme and how s/he will apply the skills learned;
  • a detailed CV with clear contact details;
  • and a letter of support from the applicant’s employer, with clear contact details, committing the applicant to participate for the full duration of the course.

 

To apply, please visit : http://www.chr.up.ac.za/index.php/capacity-building-workshop.html

Fees: Please note that international travel costs to and from the venue as well as accommodation costs will be fully sponsored by the organisers.

Closing date for applications: 31st December, 2012.

Note: Only applications complete with all the above information will be considered.

For any further information, please contact Angela Bukenya: Tel: +27-12-420-5296
Email: angela.bukenya@up.ac.za

Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:14

Russia eyes healing economy as G20 priority

Moscow: Healing the ailing global economy would be Russia's top priority during its G20 presidency, the Kremlin said Monday. "Our main task is to concentrate the G20 efforts not simply on discussion of the most important problems. Our aim is to make practical decisions aimed at healing global economy and finances, stimulating economy growth and jobs creation," the Kremlin's chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said during a meeting of the steering committee for Russia's G20 presidency.

Russia is to take over the rotating presidency of the twenty-nation group on December 1, 2012.

Ivanov listed attracting investors, facilitating job creation, improving work of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) among priorities of Russia's year-long term as the G20 leader.

"Russia for the first time offers to hold a joint meeting of the financial and labor ministers to assess the global economic problems from the angle of employment," Ivanov said.

Moscow plans to organize a separate conference of the BRICS leaders to discuss strengthening the bloc's role in IMF policy-making, he added.

As the G20 president, Russia also saw it useful to organize the meetings with non-G20 countries, to hold the conference with youth, civil society, business, trade unions communities of G20 members, Ivanov noted.

"As a result, the summit must come out with a particular, result-oriented document. It should define the steps the countries will be doing both collectively and nationally, for securing sustainable and balanced development of the world economy," Ivanov said.

The next G20 summit is slated for September 2013 in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

 

Moscow:  President Vladimir Putin's video address on December 1 will highlight Russia's priorities as the G20's coordinator, the daily Kommersant wrote on Tuesday. "Putin's special video address will highlight the strategy of Russia's presidency in this organization," the newspaper writes.

Also, a Web site will be launched on December 1 to cover Russia's G20 presidency, it said.

St. Petersburg will host a G20 summit on September 5 and 6 2013, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov confirmed on Monday.

Putin plans to attend four international events as a minimum in December, the Kommersant writes. He will visit Istanbul on December 3, attend a CIS summit in Ashgabat on December 5, fly to Brussels on December 21 for a Russia-EU summit and travel to Delhi on December 24 for a Russian-Indian summit, the newspaper said.

 

This article was published by The Global Times, via the South African Foreign Policy Initiative (SAFPI).

The Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) held a seminar entitled ‘Values in Global Economic Governance: Do India, Brazil, and South Africa Share a Common Vision?’ on Tuesday, 30 October 2012.

Friday, 23 November 2012 08:59

South Africa Rising

Alan Alexandroff of the Munk School of Global Affairs just returned from 10 days in South Africa.

He gives Steve Paikin of The Agenda his take on the G20's only African partner.

Martyn Davies, CEO of Frontier Advisory, is interviewed by the GEG Africa project (www.gegafrica.com) on the future of the BRICS grouping.

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Since South Africa's accession to the BRICS group of emerging powers in 2011, there has been sustained interest in South Africa's role in the shifting dynamics of global economic governance. Given that South Africa will be hosting the BRICS Summit in 2013, this attention will only increase throughout the coming year.

On 6th August 2012 the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria convened a symposium of eminent researchers and policy-makers from Africa and the BRICS countries, to exchange views on the interests of the BRICS, especially as it relates to the Group of 20 (G20).

A special panel of experts were invited to present fresh insights into the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and their relationship with Africa.

Dr. Natalya Volchkova, Policy Director and Assistant Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic and Financial Research at the New Economic School, Moscow, Russia, is interviewed by the GEG Africa project (www.gegafrica.com) on the Russian perspective of the BRICS grouping.

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Since South Africa's accession to the BRICS group of emerging powers in 2011, there has been sustained interest in South Africa's role in the shifting dynamics of global economic governance. Given that South Africa will be hosting the BRICS Summit in 2013, this attention will only increase throughout the coming year.

On 6th August 2012 the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria convened a symposium of eminent researchers and policy-makers from Africa and the BRICS countries, to exchange views on the interests of the BRICS, especially as it relates to the Group of 20 (G20).

A special panel of experts were invited to present fresh insights into the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and their relationship with Africa.

Prof. Wang Yong, Director of the Center for International Political Economy, Peking University and Professor at the Party School of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is interviewed by the GEG Africa project (www.gegafrica.com) on China and the BRICS grouping.

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Since South Africa's accession to the BRICS group of emerging powers in 2011, there has been sustained interest in South Africa's role in the shifting dynamics of global economic governance. Given that South Africa will be hosting the BRICS Summit in 2013, this attention will only increase throughout the coming year.

On 6th August 2012 the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria convened a symposium of eminent researchers and policy-makers from Africa and the BRICS countries, to exchange views on the interests of the BRICS, especially as it relates to the Group of 20 (G20).

A special panel of experts were invited to present fresh insights into the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and their relationship with Africa.

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