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The group previously met in February, where discussions focused on how technology could advance sustainable investment. Three research topics were agreed for 2018: securitisation of sustainable assets, development of sustainable private equity/venture capital, and digital innovations for mobilising sustainable finance. Continuing its work from the first meeting, the Study Group will produce the 2018 G20 Sustainable Finance Synthesis Report and submit it to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in July and G20 Leaders’ Summit in November.

  • Location Sydney, Australia
The meeting follows the forum’s first meeting of the year, which was held in March, in Paris. At that gathering, discussions focused on exchanging and reviewing information, with a longer-term view to find consensus on the process and timeline for the removal of market distorting subsidies and similar support.

  • Location Buenos Aires
The G20 established its Data Gaps initiative following the global financial crisis of 2008. It is the responsibility of the G20 Finance Track, with the goal of improving the availability and comparability of economic and financial data. This meeting comes after international experts in the field met in Buenos Aires in January to gather recommendations for the data collection agencies of G20 members.

  • Location Basel, Switzerland
Finance ministers and central bank governors agreed that now is a good time to normalise monetary policy, and expressed optimism on the future of work, one of the priorities of the Argentine G20 presidency.
Argentina took over the Presidency of the G20 from Germany on 1 December 2017. The central themes of the Argentina Presidency are:
Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:06

Outcomes of G20 Dialogue Forum

This was an opportunity for African policymakers to share their views on how the G20 can tackle the continent’s concerns.
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, February 2018
As Argentina takes over the G20 Presidency this month, it is becoming clearer that it will continue the focus on sustainability. Fostering the transformation of the global economy towards sustainability is one of the commitments made by the G20 towards implementing Agenda 2030, a focus of the last two G20 Presidencies. Integrating Global Value Chains (GVCs) are a critical part of achieving sustainability, especially through the incorporation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, November 2017
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, October 2017
GEG Africa organised a multi-stakeholder study group meeting on “GVCS, SMES and Sustainability Standards”.

  • Location Pretoria
Monday, 20 February 2017 11:39

Transparency in Beneficial Ownership

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GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, February 2017
Dear Editors and Journalists,
The 11th G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China closed earlier this week, focusing on the 'New' Industrial Revolution and technological changes, such as big data, robotics, and cloud computing. Innovation has been China’s key area of interest throughout their G-20 Presidency, dedicating many discussions to how new industries could invigorate the global economy.
On 4-5 September, 2016, G-20 leaders will meet in Hangzhou, China. Global macroeconomic and financial developments traditionally dominate the agenda. The global economy remains mired in the economic doldrums, so this year there will be plenty to discuss. Brexit is likely to add further spice.
Dear Editors and Journalists,
GEG Africa’s outreach event in Lusaka, titled ‘BRICS, G20 and Africa’, was co-hosted with the National Treasury of South Africa, and led by Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Mcebisi Jonas.

  • Location Lusaka, Zambia
SAIIA Policy Insights No 19, June 2015
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 17:11

South Africa Beyond the BRICS

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South Africa’s role in global economic governance is mainly articulated through its membership of the G-20 and the BRICS grouping. The G-20 has emerged as the premier forum on global economic governance, while the BRICS countries have positioned themselves as a force for positive change in global economic affairs.
On 31 March 2015, the South African Institute of International Affairs hosted a G-20 Study Group on 'Turkey and the G-20 Presidency: Implications for Africa.'
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 19:24

Nene faces toughest test yet

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South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is facing his biggest baptism of fire yet when he delivers his maiden National Budget speech on Wednesday, as the country desperately needs him to plug the gap between national spending and revenue. South Africa’s debt trend is not sustainable.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 117, November 2014
Without question South Africa remains a vibrant, complicated and seemingly a growing troubled land. My colleagues from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) one of the premiere think tanks in South Africa and the University of Pretoria, particularly the Department of Political Science there brought together some of their South African colleagues with experts from a number of countries for a conference (December 4th-5th) titled “Alliances Beyond BRICS: South Africa’s Role in Global Economic Governance”. 
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) collaborated with the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to host this event that explored Africa’s involvement in global economic governance.

  • Location London, UK
The Department of Political Sciences and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) are holding a conference on 'Alliances Beyond BRICS: South Africa’s role in global economic governance.'
Dr Bheki Mfeka, Special Economic Adviser to the President, and South African G-20 Sous Sherpa, today addressed the Third Annual African G-20 Conference. His full speech is now available online.

  • Location Johannesburg
Monday, 01 December 2014 16:17

The G-20 Tax Agenda and Africa's Needs

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The importance of taxation goes far beyond providing income to finance the public sector, investments, and the basic needs of the population. The establishment of states is partly attributed to the tax system which has also contributed to promoting the state’s legitimacy, strengthening democracy, as well as to creating economic well-being for the general population.
For global governance watchers, last week was the big week of the year. Between 7 November and 16 November, the world witnessed an APEC meeting in Yanqi Lake near Beijing complete with a bilateral China–Japan ‘breakthrough’ and a major US–China climate deal; an historic ASEAN and East Asia Summit held in Naypidaw, Myanmar; and a colourful G-20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia.
The Group of 20 (G-20) will hold its ninth Leaders Summit in Brisbane, Australia next week.  Around the table are expected to be three African Heads of State from South Africa, Mauritania and Senegal. South Africa is the only permanent African member of this prestigious group that is the self-styled pre-eminent forum on global economic governance issues.
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