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One of the objectives of the Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme is to strengthen the influence of coalitions within and outside South Africa working to bring about pro-poor outcomes through GEG institutions. The potential role played by South Africa is crucial since South Africa is one of the few African countries at many prominent GEG fora.

Thus, in order to ensure relevance, the programme is closely aligned with key decision-makers in South African government departments such as National Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the Presidency, associated agencies of these departments, various business organisations, and civil society organisations.

Since 1994, South Africa has consistently placed multilateralism and Africa at the centre of its foreign policy. South Africa’s participation in GEG fora has been as much about its national interests as it has been about advancing the interests of Africa. DIRCO, as the custodian of foreign policy, reflects this in its 2015-20 strategic plan, where it states that it will use multilateral engagement to ‘consolidate and strengthen relations with strategic formations of the North to advance and support national priorities, the African Agenda and the Development Agenda of the South.’  Similarly, as an institution that represents South Africa in key GEG fora, the National Treasury’s 2013-17 Strategic Plan identifies two main objectives for its participation in GEG fora, firstly to ‘advance South Africa’s interests specifically, and those of Africa more generally, through regular strategic analysis, engagement and negotiation at financial and economic forums’ and secondly to ‘increase Africa’s voice and South Africa’s influence in international institutions and forums.’

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