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GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, February 2018
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, June 2017
The purpose of the conference was to share experiences and latest research on the contribution that financial, monetary and macroeconomic policy could make towards regional integration, resilience and development, in today’s challenging global context. The focus is particularly on the use of innovative new institutions and mechanisms emerging in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  • Location SAIIA
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, October 2016
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”. 
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:21

Global Economic Governance - Student Blog Series

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SAIIA’s GEGAfrica portal and the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand (#WitsIR) are partnering on an innovative initiative that draws on the strengths of Southern Africa’s oldest and largest academic programme in International Relations and the continent’s leading think tank*.
The UP Department of Political Sciences and the South African Institute of International Affairs hosted a two-week winter school on global economic governance on the UP campus from 4 to 15 August.

  • Location Pretoria
The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) were brought together by their investment returns and growth potential, but for the group to act they must find some common purpose.
SAIIA hosted a panel discussion on 11 June 2014, addressed by Professor Bernard Hoekman, Programme Director of Global Economics at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy on ‘Restoring Multilateral Trade Cooperation’. Professor Hoekman’s presentation was followed by responses from a panel of international experts. The South African Department of Trade and Industry presented Special Remarks responding to the presentations and discussion.

  • Location Johannesburg
This post has been written by Ebere Uneze, executive director at CSEA in Nigeria. He is working on a research project that explores domestic financing options for Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa as part of the Southern Voice Initiative.
SAIIA hosted a Public Forum on "A Review of South Africa’s Trade Strategy in Light of Global Developments", 25 March 2014, in conjunction with the British High Commission and the New Zealand High Commission.

  • Location Pretoria, South Africa
No country – advanced or developing – was completely excluded from the consequences and hardships caused by the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Nonetheless, the reforms, standards and rules for the global financial system are agreed upon in an exclusive institution: the Financial Stability Board.
The World Economic Forum’s global trade and FDI council report promoting a multilateral investment treaty continues to receive favourable reviews. Klaus Schwab, founding CEO of the WEF, sent us this message:
Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:30

Is IBSA dead?

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Two years ago, after the 5th IBSA Summit in South Africa, I argued that IBSA had turned into an important political platform, writing that"...despite the rather low-key declaration and no big breakthrough, IBSA matters, and this years' summit was of particular importance given that the three countries all hold non-permanent seats in the UN Security Council, providing their voice with additional weight at such a momentous time of global economic turmoil and political uprisings in the Middle East."
The recently held TICAD V that took place in Tokyo under the initiative of the government of Japan drew significant and diverse participation from 51 African countries, 35 other partner countries, and 74 international and regional organisations spanning Africa and Asia. This was a bilateral affair with a global reach as representatives of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, and the African Union Commission also graced the event.
This study provides data on the costs and challenges of implementing trade facilitation measures currently under negotiation in the WTO. It updates an earlier study undertaken in 2005. This updated study, based on data and insights from nine additional countries, confirms earlier findings identifying the measures that present the greatest challenges to developing countries in implementing reforms. The study also confirms that the costs of putting in place and maintaining trade facilitation measures are not particularly large and are far smaller than the benefits gained from implementing these measures. Moreover, an increasing amount of technical and financial assistance to implement…
There is a battle going on within and outside of the World Bank right now over the Bank’s flagship “Doing Business” (DB) report and index. Now this is not exactly a household word, but the fight is a very significant one for a number of reasons.DB ranks countries according to the “ease of doing business,” including such things as starting a business, enforcement of contracts, paying taxes, and other indicators. It has been under attack for years because it has a built-in bias against many regulations that people who care about the progress of humanity might see as important: employment…
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 126, December 2012Click here to download the Paper in English from SAIIA [pdf].Published by the SAIIA Economic Diplomacy ProgrammeSouth Africa is a member of both the G-20 and the BRICS, which is a significant positioning for the country’s global strategy. This further enhances the country’s weight as Africa’s powerhouse. This membership occurs at a time when global governance is in a sustained state of flux, with no discernible leadership anchorage.
New Delhi: IBSA is a unique Forum which brings together India, Brazil and South Africa, three large democracies and major economies from three different continents, facing similar challenges. All three countries are developing, pluralistic, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious nations.
There is a surge of interest in the implications of global value chains. These encompass a wholesale reconceptualisation of trade statistics, a renewed focus on the importance of services in economic development, and the possibilities for leveraging GVCs to drive rapid and sustainable growth in income and employment, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.The global value chain ‘narrative’ is contested. There is concern that it is being proffered to support the case for developed countries to bypass the WTO’s Doha Round, and that it is simply the latest effort to impose an ill-advised liberalisation agenda on developing countries.We outline a case for…
by Biswajit DharSAIIA Occasional Paper No 125, December 2012Download the PDF from the SAIIA website [pdf] (701.69 kB).The paper argues that South Africa’s inclusion in the BRICS will strengthen the organisation, since it is a natural ally of the three developing country members of the grouping. This argument is justified on the basis of the engagement that South Africa, Brazil, China and India have had in several international forums, most importantly those concerning trade and climate change. In the on-going Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations, these countries have been able to co-ordinate their positions in several critical areas, including…
Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:29

The World Economy After Davos

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Two thousand five hundred participants, protected by 4000 Swiss troops, gathered in Davos in late January to chew the cud on all matters “global”. The mood reflected the clear blue sky above the snow-capped peaks. The chatter was mostly about Europe and the West, and less about the Rest. Gamely, we sloshed about in the snow and endured multiple security checks while commuting between events. And everyone was cheery at the farewell soirée on the “magic mountain”, the setting for Thomas Mann’s eponymous novel.Indeed, the prevailing mood was more upbeat than at anytime since the outbreak of the global financial…
Each of the nine candidates to the post of WTO Director-General made a presentation at the General Council meeting on 29-31 January 2013. After their presentations, each candidate held a press conference at the WTO. This is the press conference given by Ms Amina C. Mohamed (Kenya) on 30 January.More information about the candidates: about the director-general selection process:


SAIIA Occasional Paper No 124, November 2012Click here to download the paper from SAIIA [pdf] (757.86 kB).The paper introduces three key concepts, namely economic diplomacy, multi-actor and multi-institutional negotiations, and inter-ministerial economic policymaking. It applies these concepts to describe and analyse Switzerland’s economic diplomacy behaviour and strategy in the field of financial services and in its relation to the Group of Twenty and other international organisations. The paper describes and analyses Switzerland’s economic governance and economic diplomacy options in the field of international finance. It identifies the core Swiss interests and Switzerland’s contribution to global economic governance, with particular reference…
Late last month, World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy met with Trade Ministers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in order to discuss ways to ensure substantial results at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Bali, Indonesia in December this year. The Ministers agreed that the Bali agenda should focus on the issues of trade facilitation, agriculture and certain topics of special interest to least developed countries (LDCs).  An Agreement on Trade Facilitation is considered by Lamy and others to represent ‘low hanging fruit’ due to the relatively uncontroversial nature of the issue and…
Last year when I visited Bangladesh I was struck by the number of persons who insisted that I must visit the port of Chittagong — the heart of the economy of Bangladesh handling more than 90% of seaborne export-import trade. This port has held many names throughout the ages but only one real purpose: to connect this country to the outside world through trade and to serve as a conduit for other countries to connect with each other.  The efficiency of the port has improved over the years and many consider it to be the most efficient container port in the South Asian region. It is thus with genuine pleasure that I was able to return to Bangladesh with the fundamental aim of seeing this Port in action and hearing from those whose business and livelihood relies on this conveyor belt of commerce and trade.Even as transportation costs decrease and the…
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland 23-27 January: Resilient DynamismFor over 40 years, the mission of the World Economic Forum – committed to improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme. The Annual Meeting remains the foremost creative force for engaging leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas. Today, we live in the most complex, interdependent and interconnected era in human history. We are increasingly confronted by major adaptive challenges as well as profound transformational opportunities. This new leadership context requires successful organizations to master strategic agility and to…

  • Location Davos-Klosters, Switzerland
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