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- Tuesday, 28 July 2015
- By Philani Mthembu
The formalisation and institutionalisation of enhanced cooperation between the BRICS countries was always mired in controversy as some questioned the viability of the partnership based on the differences of the BRICS countries. However, what is clear from the recent BRICS Summit in Ufa is that despite the steady flow of criticism and sometimes ridicule levelled against the grouping, it has slowly sought areas of common interest while carefully avoiding matters of disagreement. They may not appear a coherent grouping to the outside eye, but the Ufa declaration, coupled with the Memorandum of Understanding on the New Development Bank, and the newly adopted Economic Partnership Strategy show tangible signs of a movement away from rhetoric towards operationalising the partnership. The following analysis uses the contents of these documents and agreements to take stock of what took place in Ufa and what it means about the nature of the partnerships being carved out by the BRICS group of countries.
- Wednesday, 15 July 2015
- By Naledi Plaatjies
Argentina is one of the leading countries in the adoption of no-till farming. As in the case of South Africa, Argentina’s economy is dominated by the agricultural sector, dependent on processed food produce. The aim of this paper is to show how bilateral cooperation between these two developing states could foster technological advancements and transfers, as well as diversify the two countries’ export markets for their agricultural sectors.
- Sunday, 12 July 2015
- By Andrea Royeppen
The South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed delegates of the 4th Conference on International Security in Russia earlier this year on the issue of threats to maritime security from the perspective of SADC and specifically, South Africa. With 90% of African trade taking place at sea, the importance of economic development and opportunity for cooperation at a state and regional level was emphasised.
Infrastructure and the question of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA): Time for a Change?
- Saturday, 20 June 2015
- By Lona Gqiza
It is no secret that African countries suffer from an infrastructure deficit. So far, Africa’s potential in infrastructure has not been met and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) has not done enough to address all infrastructure difficulties that Africa faces. This article looks at whether there is a need to convert PIDA into an African Infrastructure Bank in order to help Africa achieve its infrastructure and developmental goals rapidly.