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South Africa, Africa and the G8 – Challenges and Opportunities

South Africa, Africa and the G8 – Challenges and Opportunities Photo © UK G8 Presidency

The 39th annual Group of 8 (G8) Summit takes place on 17 and 18 June 2013, with the UK as this year's president. To provide insights into her country's plan for this year's summit, Dame Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa, addressed a G8 study group this week organised by the GEGAfrica project (under SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme) and the Humanities Department at the University of Pretoria.

The theme of the study group was ‘South Africa, Africa and the G8 - Challenges and Opportunities’. It comprised both an evaluation of G8 commitments to Africa so far, and an interrogation of the current priorities in relation to Africa.

The 2013 focus of the G8 is the global economy and generating longterm growth, jobs and prosperity. The UK last hosted a G8 summit in 2005, where it dedicated its G8 presidency to economic development in Africa.

Click here to download the text of Dame Brewer's speech.

Event Details

Date:       Wednesday, 05 June 2013
Time:      14h30 (registration) 15h00 - 17h00
Venue:    Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

Speaker Biography 

Dame Nicola Brewer has been British High Commissioner to South Africa since July 2009. She is also  accredited to Lesotho and Swaziland. She is a career diplomat who has held senior public sector appointments both inside and outside the Diplomatic Service. From 2007-2009 she was the first Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
She was also appointed as Director General for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,  prior to being the Director General for Regional Programmes at the Department for International Development, where she supervised all UK overseas bilateral aid programmes in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. She has previously served overseas in New Delhi (1998–2001), Paris (1991-1994) and Mexico City (1984-87). She joined the FCO in 1983 after completing her postgraduate studies. She holds a PhD in Linguistics (1988) and an honorary Law degree (2009) from the University of Leeds. She was awarded the CMG in 2002, and the DCMG in 2011.

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