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 (53)

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa

The Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Humanities Department at the University of Pretoria are delighted to invite you to this G20 Study Group meeting scheduled as follows:

1. We, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, met to review the current global economic conjuncture and discuss the required policies in preparation for our Leaders’ Summit in September.

The 39th annual Group of 8 (G8) Summit takes place on 17 and 18 June 2013, with the UK as this year's president. To provide insights into her country's plan for this year's summit, Dame Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa, addressed a G8 study group this week organised by the GEGAfrica project (under SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme) and the Humanities Department at the University of Pretoria.

SAIIA Occasional Paper No 127, December 2012 Download-English [pdf].Economic Diplomacy Programme The Chinese government has attached great importance to the country’s relationship with South Africa. South Africa is the first developing country to which China has proposed establishing a ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’.

  • Location University of Pretoria

The South African Institute of International Affairs hosts a Speaker’s Meeting addressed by  Mr. David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) on “South Africa: Facing the Challenges of the Global Economy.”

  • Location Durban, South Africa

The fourth meeting of the BRICS Trade and Economic Research Network (BRICS TERN) took place in Durban on 13 and 14 March 2013, hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

The BRICS TERN brings together think tanks and senior policy makers from BRICS countries to exchange views on trade, investment and economic policy issues.

  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa

The South African Institute of International Affairs  and the Global economic Governance Africa ( GEG-Africa) Project

hosts a special media briefing on

Setting the Scene: The journey to Durban and BRICS 5

15:00 – 16:30, Monday, 25 March 2013, Suncoast Hotel and Towers , DURBAN

Event Background:

On 26 and 27 March 2013, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet in Durban for the 5th Annual BRICS Summit. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) will be in Durban to engage with policymakers and the media.

We will be hosting a short media briefing that seeks to set the scene and tease out some of the hot topics as the five leaders meet behind closed doors. Having attended last week’s official BRICS Academic Forum, SAIIA has a number of fresh insights from the BRICS members. 
Our presentation will also include two high school students who participated in the Model BRICS Youth debate. These students, along with 20 of their peers from schools around Gauteng, conducted their own research and crafted the SAIIA BRICS Youth Communique on Saturday, 16 March 2013. They will present their ideas of what the BRICS should be focusing on from a youth perspective, particularly around the proposed BRICS Development Bank.

Event Details:

Date: Monday, 25 March 2013
Time: 15h00 – 16h30
Venue: Suncoast Hotel and Towers, 20 Battery Beach Road, Suncoast Blvd/North Beach, Durban, Tel: +27 31 314 7878 (The Suncoast Hotel is 3km from the Durban ICC)

Event Programme:

15h00 – 15h20:        BRICS Youth Communique presented by Morategi Kale from Pretoria High School for Girls and Thokozani Nlhopo from Willowmore High School

15h25 – 16h00: 1.    The journey to Durban and BRICS 5 by Catherine Grant-Makokera
2. Beyond the BRICS: Shaping the Africa Agenda by Memory Dube
16h00 – 16:30 Questions

For more, please contact SAIIA's Communications Manager, Chevon Erasmus Porter on + 27 82 820 8036 or">

  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa

The GEGAfrica project is offering an introductory briefing for journalists within South Africa on the upcoming BRICS Summit 2013.

Based on discussion and feedback from editors of key media outlets, the half-day briefing will be of practical, professional use to selected journalists attending. Both off-record, background sessions and on-record, reportable discussions with key individuals from government, academia, civil society and business.

More information about the briefing will be circulated to targeted journalists closer to the date. If you are a journalist or editor wishing to participate, please contact">

  • Location Pretoria, South Africa

A special briefing on the upcoming BRICS Summit in South Africa, for diplomats based in South Africa. This briefing will be held by the GEGAfrica project and SAIIA.

As South Africa prepares to host the fifth annual BRICS Summit from 26 to 27 March 2013 in Durban, policymakers in both the developed and developing world will be considering the likely impact of these emerging actors on the international world order. Over the last 6 years the BRIC Forum has evolved into a political and diplomatic grouping, with South Africa joining the bloc in December 2010 to form the BRICS.

While the impact of BRICS is yet to be determined, it has begun to operate as a forum for discussion of various issues with relevance to Africa and its place in the world.

This briefing is intended to provide general information in advance of Summit preparations, drawing on expertise from within SAIIA as well as inviting recognised experts on these issues to contribute.

This is a closed event, by invitation only.

  • Location Velmore Hotel, Centurion, South Africa

For all the materials and outcomes of this conference, click here to visit the new article.

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria (UP), through their joint GEGAfrica project, cordially invites members of the press to join us for the First Annual African G20 Conference.

“Africa and the G20: A Critical Assessment”

Date: Monday 10 December, 2012
Time: 08h30 – 17h00
Venue: Velmore Hotel, Centurion
RSVP:   Riona Judge McCormack at or 011 339 2021/ 071 7643 690


  • Location Johannesburg

Mid-career journalists are invited to apply for an eight-day training course on Global Economic Governance: African Perspectives, to be held in Johannesburg from December 3 – 10, 2012. This training is offered by SAIIA, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria (CHR), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The programme addresses mid-career journalists from newspapers, news agencies, online media and radio stations based in African countries. The course will be conducted in English – so competence in spoken and written English is essential.

  • Location Pretoria, South Africa

South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Roundtable Event on 'South Africa: Development Partner and Global Player'

Date: 26 November 2012 
Time: 08h30 – 13h30 (followed by luncheon) 
Venue: Villa Sterne, 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria

  • Location Mexico City, Mexico

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 nations will meet. Participation of the OECD Secretary-General. 

  • Location Southern Sun Pretoria, Cnr. Steve Biko (Beatrix) and Pretorius Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria

Although the G20 faces numerous challenges and limitations, it remains a pivotal body in advancing global economic governance, and holds significant opportunities for South Africa. This was the message of Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Daniel Mminele, in his keynote address to the South African Institute of International Affair's G20 Study Group. The Deputy Governor provided a comprehensive overview of the G20 and South Africa's role in the global body, and gave an insider's view of the future challenges and opportunities awaiting the G20. His speech can be accessed at the end of this article.

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