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The G-20 Summit 2013: Understanding South Africa’s agenda in St. Petersburg

Moderator Catherine Grant Makokera with panellists Owen Willcox (Treasury), Marianne Buenaventura Goldman (Oxfam) and Peter Draper (SAIIA). Moderator Catherine Grant Makokera with panellists Owen Willcox (Treasury), Marianne Buenaventura Goldman (Oxfam) and Peter Draper (SAIIA). Photo © SAIIA/ Riona Judge McCormack

  • Location: SAIIA, Johannesburg

Members of the press were invited to a special media briefing on “The G-20 Summit 2013: Understanding South Africa’s agenda in St. Petersburg” on 29 August 2013.

G-20 Resources

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Click here to watch SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: Overview
Click here to watch SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: What to Expect
Click here to watch SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: Labour20
Click here to watch SAIIA Online Briefing: G-20 2013: Youth20
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Read Peter Draper's article: What are the prospects for success at the G-20?

Click here to access all G-20 resources on the GEGAfrica website

  • Date:             29 August 2013
  • Time:            11:00 -13:00  
  • Venue:           SAIIA Hall, Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University. (Map and Directions)
  • Organisers:    South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the GEG-Africa Project

Speakers:

  • Owen Willcox: Director of International Finance and International and Regional Economic Policy at the National Treasury
  • Peter Draper: Senior Research Fellow at the South Africa Institute of International Affairs (@peterdraper5)
  • Marianne Buenaventura Goldman: Governance Advisor at Oxfam (@oxfaminsa)
  • Moderator: Catherine Grant Makokera: Head of the Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs  (@cathgmak)

 

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Event Background:

The need for a more effective global economic governance system has gained traction over the last two decades. The complexity of this system has also necessitated better co-ordination at an international level. The Group of 20 (G-20) was formally established in September 1999 in the wake of the Asian financial crisis between 1997 and 1999. Its primary aim was to facilitate discussion and debate at the top decision-making levels.

As stated in his paper, “The G-20 and Africa: A Critical Assessment”, Prof. Danny Bradlow sees the G-20 as “crisis manager”, “orchestrator” and “communicator” of the current global economic governance system. And although its communiques are not binding, the G-20 has become a crucial forum to seek common understanding on, and a common approach to, particular issues of global importance.

South Africa is the only African country represented at the G-20 and is eligible to participate in all meetings and working groups. The country is not the formal representative of all African countries but there are expectations for it to pay attention to the concerns and interests of the rest of the continent, within the G-20.

What will South Africa’s agenda be when heads of state meet in St. Petersburg, Russia on 5 and 6 September 2013? This special SAIIA media briefing will give you the information you need to understand the politics of G-20, the complexity of club diplomacy and what South Africa’s priorities are within the G-20.

Quick Facts on the G-20

G20 members represent almost:
1. 90% of global GDP.
2. 80% of international global-trade.
3. Two-thirds of the world's population lives in G-20 member countries.
4. 84% of all fossil fuel emissions are produced by G-20 countries.

Who is the G-20:
The G-20 brings together finance ministers and central bank governors (and since 2008, heads of state) from 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Number 20 is the European Union, represented by the President of the European Council and by Head of the European Central Bank

G-20 Meetings with Heads of State since inception:

  • Washington D.C., United States in November 2008
  • London, United Kingdom in April 2009
  • Pittsburgh, United States in September 2009
  • Toronto, Canada in June 2010
  • Seoul, Republic of Korea in November 2010
  • Cannes, France in November 2011
  • Los Cabos, Mexico in June 2012
  • St. Petersburg, Russia in September 2013

 

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For more information, please contact SAIIA's Communications Manager, Chevon Erasmus Porter on + 27 82 820 8036 or media@saiia.org.za or follow @ChevPorter on Twitter.

The Global Economic Governance Africa (GEG-Africa) Project is a partnership between SAIIA and Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. 

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