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Friday, 24 August 2012 16:21

BRICS Experts Give New Insights on ‘South Africa, the BRICS and the G20’

Written by GEG Africa
The panel of experts at the seminar media briefing The panel of experts at the seminar media briefing Photo © SAIIA

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 in 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).

The meeting also examined their interests in South Africa as an ‘alliance partner’, and South Africa’s role in representing the region/continent to the BRIC partners.

The Seminar was opened by Ambassador Anil Sooklal, who coordinates South Africa's position in the BRICS Forum. He currently holds the position of Deputy Director-General: Asia and Middle East at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). His speech is available below to download.

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.

The Panelists (full biographies in PDF) were:

  • BRAZIL: Dr. Oliver Stuenkel [PDF of presentation], Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • RUSSIA: Dr. Natalya Volchkova [PDF of presentation], Policy Director and Assistant Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic and Financial Research at the New Economic School, Moscow, Russia.
  • INDIA: Peter Draper, Senior Research Fellow with the Economic Diplomacy Programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs and former Head of Economic Analysis and Research at the Department of Trade and Industry.
  • CHINA: 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.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Dr. Mzukisi Qobo, senior lecturer on International Political Economy at the University of Pretoria.
  • GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE: Dr. Raymond Saner [PDF of presentation], senior lecturer on international negotiation at the University of Basle (Switzerland).

 

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