What is the role of South Africa and Africa in the G77+China?

The formation of the G77, today known as G77+China, in June 1964 marked an important milestone in building the capacity of the global South both to deepen cooperation among southern countries in international affairs and to enhance the capacity of the South to influence global developments, especially in areas of economic diplomacy. It provided a platform for young and fragile...


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Australian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith, Address to the Institute for Global Dialogue G20 Outreach Seminar

View accompanying slides The G20 and the Future of Global Economic Growth Austalian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith Address to the Institute for Global Dialogue G20 Outreach Seminar, Pretoria, South Africa July 24, 2014 Introduction I would like to thank the Institute for Global Dialogue and the University of South Africa (UNISA) for hosting...

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BRICS, Latin America and South Africa.

Siphamandla Zondi reflects on the significance of BRICS's outreach to South America at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, suggesting that it offers opportunities for South Africa to enhance South Atlantic economic cooperation and political solidarity.

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South Africa: 'Pay Back the Money,' MPs Tell Zuma

Between the red uniforms, the hallway scuffles with opposition MPs and the sit-ins at the Gauteng provincial legislature, you can always count on the EFF to bring a bit of excitement to the political stage. When question time with the president rolled round on Thursday, the party did not disappoint. Julius Malema got the ball rolling when, with reference to state...


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Liberia: Visit to the Crematorium Center and How Corpses Are Cremated

opinion By Ben P. WeseeIt was a fateful Tuesday evening of August 20, 2014 when I chose to embark on a fact-finding mission to ascertaining whether seventeen Ebola patients who fled the densely popular West point quarantined center were traced based on the government's pronouncement. I was in the Township of West Point to observe the center and take some photo,...


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Liberia: Gunshots Fired in West Point As Govt Quarantines Township

By Bridgett Milton & E. J. Nathaniel DaygborGunshots were fired in the air as security forces (members of the armed forces and riot police) clashed with angry protesters on Wednesday as government quarantined the densely populated West Point Community as part of efforts to stop the further spread of Ebola. Angry residents of the slum community over the weekend stormed the...


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SA’s Foreign Policy Budget 2014: Something Old, Something New

By Lesley Masters Tuesday, 05 August 2014 21:59

dr lesley mastersThe Minister for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane presented the budget for 2014 to Parliament on July 22.

This year's presentation is particularly revealing as it indicates the thinking of the Department at the start of the current five year term, highlighting key priorities and foreign policy focus areas.

 

Increasing South Africa’s footprint in the Southeast Asia region

By Kenny Dlamini Tuesday, 08 July 2014 21:33

dlaminiSince 1994, South Africa's foreign policy has been successful in establishing strategic relations with a number of Asian countries to strengthen and promote its political, social and economic interests, through multilateral engagements and bilateral relations. However South Africa is yet to fully explore strategic relations in Southeast Asia. This may be linked to the fact that the current outlook of South Africa's relations with Asia is widely dominated by the focus on Sino-South African relations. Noticeably China is now South Africa's number one trade partner but the focus on China has generally overshadowed South Africa's diplomatic engagement with other Asian nations.

 

African and Latin American Interdependency: Transforming traditional dependencies

By Wayne Jumat Thursday, 03 July 2014 22:02

Wayne JumatAt the 5th BRICS Summit in March 2013, Durban, South Africa, the BRICS states announced their intention to form a new BRICS "Development Bank" that will focus on infrastructure investment in developing states. Here the Russian State Duma Deputy and Chairman of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Vyacheslav Nikonov, acknowledged that the BRICS grouping is searching to move beyond economic cooperation, into the areas of military and political cooperation within BRICS, in order to reduce their dependency on the West. The issues of dependency and progress would be further discussed by the BRICS states at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil 2014.

 

The Group of 77 at 50: Worth Celebrating?

By Siphamandla Zondi Monday, 23 June 2014 12:09

zondi15 June 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77, which is now known as the G77 plus China, an important milestone at which to reflect on the significance, successes and difficulties facing an organisation of this nature. The organisation marked its jubilee by holding a major summit in Santa Cruz, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, on 15-16 June, at which it recalled some of its historic decisions and policy positions as still relevant in the pursuit of its vision of a fair, just, democratic and equitable world. The question is what is the state of the G77 today and implications does that have on the agency of the global south in international development?

 

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What is the role of South Africa and Africa in the G77+China?

The formation of the G77, today known as G77+China, in June 1964 marked an important milestone in building the capacity of the global South both to deepen cooperation among southern countries in international affairs and to enhance the capacity of the South to influence global developments, especially in areas of economic diplomacy. It provided a platform for young and fragile...


Read More...

Australian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith, Address to the Institute for Global Dialogue G20 Outreach Seminar

View accompanying slides The G20 and the Future of Global Economic Growth Austalian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith Address to the Institute for Global Dialogue G20 Outreach Seminar, Pretoria, South Africa July 24, 2014 Introduction I would like to thank the Institute for Global Dialogue and the University of South Africa (UNISA) for hosting...

Read more...

BRICS, Latin America and South Africa.

Siphamandla Zondi reflects on the significance of BRICS's outreach to South America at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, suggesting that it offers opportunities for South Africa to enhance South Atlantic economic cooperation and political solidarity.

Read more...

South Africa: 'Pay Back the Money,' MPs Tell Zuma

Between the red uniforms, the hallway scuffles with opposition MPs and the sit-ins at the Gauteng provincial legislature, you can always count on the EFF to bring a bit of excitement to the political stage. When question time with the president rolled round on Thursday, the party did not disappoint. Julius Malema got the ball rolling when, with reference to state...


Read More...

Liberia: Visit to the Crematorium Center and How Corpses Are Cremated

opinion By Ben P. WeseeIt was a fateful Tuesday evening of August 20, 2014 when I chose to embark on a fact-finding mission to ascertaining whether seventeen Ebola patients who fled the densely popular West point quarantined center were traced based on the government's pronouncement. I was in the Township of West Point to observe the center and take some photo,...


Read More...

Liberia: Gunshots Fired in West Point As Govt Quarantines Township

By Bridgett Milton & E. J. Nathaniel DaygborGunshots were fired in the air as security forces (members of the armed forces and riot police) clashed with angry protesters on Wednesday as government quarantined the densely populated West Point Community as part of efforts to stop the further spread of Ebola. Angry residents of the slum community over the weekend stormed the...


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