The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme is a policy research and stakeholder engagement programme to strengthen the influence of pro-poor African coalitions at global economic governance fora.

GEGAfrica Events (68)

Stakeholder engagements are one of the tools used by GEG Africa to ensure that African views are included in our research, disseminate our findings, and share perspectives. Our events include scoping workshops with African policy makers, business representatives and multilateral institutions, study groups to consult on policy recommendations and positions and representation, and media activities around GEG fora such as BRICS and G20 summits.

  • Task Team on Trade Data Reconciliation Meeting, 6-7 September 2018, South Africa
  • Meeting of the Task Team of the Senior Trade and Industry Officials, 7 September 2018, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Meeting of the Task Team of the Senior Finance Officials, 7 September 2018, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Third BRICS SOE Forum on Governance and Reform, 6-7 September 2018
  • Fourth BRICS Ministers of Communication meeting, 14-16 September 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • Fourth Business to Business (industry dialogue) meeting, 14-16 September 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • Third Working Group on ICT Co-operaiton (senior offi-cials), 14-16 September 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • Fourth Metting of BRICS Sherpas/Sous Sherpas, 16 September 2018, New York, USA
  • Second BRICS Public-Private Dialogue Women and the Economy, 20-21 September 2018, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, 23 Septem-ber 2018, New York, USA

  • Location Durban, South Africa
  • Eighth Bi-annual Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials, 30-31 July 2018
  • Fifth Indian Ocean Dialogue, 1-2 August 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • 24th Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group Meeting, 3 August 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • IORA Ministerial Conference on “Women’s Economic Empowerment - A Pre-requisite for Sustainable Development.”, 28-29 August 2018, Balaclava, Mauritius
  • Initial Workshop on the establishment of the IORA Maritime Safety and Security Working Group, 4-5 September 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka


  • Location Windhoek, Namibia
  • The 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government, 17-18 August 2018

The theme is: “Promoting infrastructure development and youth empowerment for sustainable development”

  • Meeting of BRICS Finance Deputies, 19-22 July 2018, Buenos Aries, Argentina
  • Meeting of the BRICS National Security Advisors, 19-20 July 2018, Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Annual Meeting of the BRICS Business Council, 22-23 July 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • Fourth BRICS Sherpa/Sous-Sherpa Meeting, 20-24 July 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The 10th BRICS Summit, 25-27 July 2018, Sandton, South Africa
  • Eighth Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Health, 29 July 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • BRICS Science Technology and Innovation Women’s Forum, 2-3 August 2018, Gauteng
  • BRICS STI Women’s Forum, 2-3 August 2018, Gauteng, South Africa

The theme is: ‘BRICS in Africa: collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’

Invitation to Participate in A Dissemination Event on Gender Mainstreaming Across Africa: An Exploration of Rwandan Solar Energy Initiatives and South Africa’s Reippp Programme

  • Location Lusaka, Zambia
  • Heads of State and Government Summit, 18-19 July 2018.

  • Location Pretoria

On 10 July 2018 GEG Africa held a Development Dialogue Seminar in conjunction with Trade and Industrial Policies and Strategies (TIPS) in Pretoria, on Borders in Southern Africa: Unlocking economic development opportunities.

  • Location Abuja, Nigeria

Consultative Workshop on Market Access Concessions on Trade in Goods for CEN-SAD, ECCAS, ECOWAS and UMA Member States, 9-13 July 2018

  • Location South Africa
  • Meeting of the BRICS Senior Officials on Education, 9 July 2018, Cape Town, South Africa
  • ICT – Infrastructure Conference on Transport Infrastructure, 9-10 July 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

The summit considered progress on the implementation of the Ministerial Work Programme. The key activities and focus areas of the Work Programme include the review and development of a suitable architecture on tariff-setting and application of tariffs, rebates, refunds or duty drawbacks and trade remedies as well as the development of public policy interventions to promote industrial development and value chains.

  • Eighth Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Senior Officials Meeting, 2 July 2018, Durban
  • Nineteenth meeting of the Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues, 2-4 July 2018 (preceded by the second meeting of the Working Group on Trade Promotion)
  • Sixth Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Science, Technology and Innovation, 3 July 2018, Durban
  • Fifth Meeting of Industry Experts, 4 July 2018
  • Eighth Meeting of BRICS Trade Ministers, 6 July 2018
  • Third Meeting of BRICS Industry Ministers, 8 July 2018
  • Second Meeting of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, 27-28 June 2018, Paris, France
  • Second Meeting of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, 2-4 July 2018, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Location Harare, Zimbabwe

Case Studies on the Linkages to the Development of Trade Corridors and Regional Value Chains in SADC Beitbridge and Chirundu Borders

  • Location South Africa
  • Eighth meeting of the Agriculture Co-operation Working Group, 20 June, Nelspruit
  • Eighth meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development, 21 June, Nelspruit

  • Location South Africa
  • Meeting of Experts on Tax Matters, 18-19 June 2018, Johannesburg
  • Meeting of the Heads of Tax, 20-21 June 2018, Johannesburg

  • Location Pretoria, South Africa
  • Third BRICS Sherpa/Sous-Sherpa Meeting, 2-3 June 2018
  • Second Stand-Alone Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, 4-5 June 2018
  • Meeting of BRICS Energy Ministers, 6 June 2018

  • Location Johannesburg

The BTTC meeting was held under the theme “Envisioning inclusive development through a socially responsive economy”. It was held alongside the Academic Forum. The gathering looked at ways of solving urgent socio-economic challenges, such as water scarcity and literacy statistics, many of which were seen as symptoms of much broader issues and the result of far-reaching challenges such as climate change, inequality, economic prosperity and education.


  • Location Pretoria

GEG Africa organised a multi-stakeholder study group meeting on “GVCS, SMES and Sustainability Standards”.

  • Location SAIIA

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 Johannesburg

On 1 February 2017, a high-level conference on Africa’s relationship with the Group of 20 (G20) was opened by the German Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn, who spoke on the key priorities of the German G20 Presidency. A dinner keynote that evening will be delivered by Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele of the South African Reserve Bank.

  • Location Pretoria

Workshop: Making SACU Trade Better - The Role of a Regional Development Fund brought together various stakeholders from international and local spheres to discuss SACU trade.

  • Location Pretoria

The workshop brought together various international and domestic stakeholders to discuss the issues surrounding e-commerce in Africa.

  • Location Pretoria

A Study Group on Beneficial Ownership, co-hosted by GEG Africa and the South African Department of Public Service and Administration, brought together various stakeholders from international and local spheres to discuss the issues surrounding transparency in beneficial ownership.

  • Location Pretoria

E-commerce has evolved the global trade landscape, opening up trade to online platforms and extending the reach to a larger connected global market. On 26 October 2016, GEG Africa hosted a study group, reaching out to key stakeholders involved in e-commerce trade and regulation. The discussions will enhance the recommendations in our upcoming Discussion Paper and Policy Brief.

  • Location Johannesburg

On 24 August 2016, the GEG Africa programme held a Study Group event titled: 'Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Infrastructure Financing in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Impact.'

  • Location Pretoria

On 16 July 2016, the GEG Africa programme hosted a illicit financial flows (IFFs) scoping workshop on 'Achieving Sustainable Development Goals to significantly reduce IFFs: Developing the GEG Africa 3-year programme.' The event was held in partnership with the Global Tax Policy Centre at the University of Vienna.

  • Location Lusaka, Zambia

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 Pretoria

On 23 May 2016, the GEG Africa programme hosted a workshop on 'Global Value Chains and Small, Medium Enterprises: What Role for the G20?'

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.'

  • Location London, UK

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.

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.'

  • Location Johannesburg

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 Cape Town

On 24 November 2014, the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town and the South African Institute of International Affairs, hosted a conference on 'Development Banks of the Developing World: Regional Roles, Governance and Sustainability.'

On 12 November 2014, Oxfam South Africa and the Global Economic Governance Africa project, a joint initiative by SAIIA and the University of Pretoria, held a Media Briefing and panel discussion on the upcoming G-20 Summit. A video of the briefing is now online.

  • Location Pretoria

The Economic Diplomacy Programme at SAIIA and the Mandela Institute, School of Law at the University of Witwatersrand hosted a public G-20 Study Group on 'Ensuring South African and Other Developing Nations Benefit from the G-20's Work on Tax.'

  • Location Pretoria

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.

The South African Institute of International Affairs and the Global Economic Governance Africa (GEG-Africa) Project invited members of the press to a special media briefing on "BRICS: from Durban to Fortaleza, what to expect," on 8 July 2014.

  • Location Johannesburg

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 Pretoria

The Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, together with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the leading foreign policy research institute on the African continent, invites government officials, academics, researchers and officials from relevant civil society organisations to apply for a capacity building workshop on 'Global Economic Governance: A Focus on African Countries.'

  • Location Johannesburg

SAIIA and the Mandela Institute of the University of Witwatersrand hosted a Speakers Meeting on 27 May 2014, which was addressed by Dr Olivier Blanchard, Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on ‘The Global Economic Outlook and Emerging Markets’.

  • Location Stipphotels Kiyovu, Kigali, Rwanda

The South African Institute of International Affairs and the South African Ministry of Finance invite you to a cocktail reception and discussion session on 'South Africa in the G-20 and the BRICS: In pursuit of development', with Mmakgoshi Phetla-Lekhete, Deputy Director General, National Treasury of South Africa.

  • Location Pretoria, South Africa

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 Rio, Brazil

The Center on Global Trade and Investment (CGTI) at the School of Economics from Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil hosted the 5th BRICS Trade and Economic Research Network (TERN) meeting on 17 March 2014 at the FGV Headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Location Rio, Brazil

As the sixth BRICS head of state summit approaches, it is clear that the grouping’s agenda is far from static. The BRICS Policy Center (BPC) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted a seminar to address some of the inter-BRICS and intra-BRICS dynamics relevant to the consolidation of the grouping as a whole.

  • Location Bali

On 4 December 2013, SAIIA will host a session on the sidelines of the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, on the topic "BRICS and the Multilateral Trading System." This session is part of the Bali Trade and Development Symposium, which will take place from 3-5 December.

Two new books on the emergence of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) grouping will come under the spotlight during SAIIA’s two-day conference on ‘BRICS and Africa: A partnership for Development’ on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. A special discussion at the conference will explore the impact of this emerging powers bloc on the current global political and economic systems.

  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa

The South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, gave the keynote address at the Second Annual African G-20 Conference, on the theme “The G-20 and Africa’s Economic Growth and Transformation”. The conference on 11 November 2013 was hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the University of Pretoria, as part of their Global Economic Governance Africa Project. This project seeks to ensure that African interests are understood and effectively represented in the various global forums that debate and set rules for global economic governance.

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) in Brazil hosted a conference on ‘BRICS and Africa – A Partnership for Sustainable Development?’. Presentations and other materials are available here.

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