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- Monday, 15 September 2014
- By Anna Xoyane
At the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit, the Chairperson of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, encouraged the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) to modernise farming as a means of attracting young women and men into the agricultural sector. The summit themed "Agriculture and Food Security" took place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 25 June 2014.1 Since its evolution from OAU to AU in 2000 the organisation has been battling with the impact of global financial crises threatening its vision of integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. Moreover, youth bulge and the rise of youth unemployment continues to destabilize regional peace and food security in Africa.
- Monday, 08 September 2014
- By Kenny Dlamini
During the USA-Africa Leaders' summit which took place on the 4th-6th August 2014 in Washington, one of the shared commitments outlined by the United Sates (U.S) and African governments is to increase investment in the next generation; investment in Africa's youth. This was in line with the theme of the summit 'Investing in the Next Generation', which focused on ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.
- Sunday, 07 September 2014
- By Francis A. Kornegay, Jr.
Russia's interventions in eastern Ukraine to bolster secessionist forces promises to greatly complicate the BRICS agenda. This is at a time when BRICS produced major achievements in institutionalizing its status as the apex emerging powers club at Fortaleza, Brazil: the final launch of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA), achievements that now must be consolidated through a build-up in project preparation momentum for financing bankable projects. Yet, can BRICS advance its role as the leading force for global economic governance reform when the clarity of this focus is muddled by the geopolitical adventurism of some of its members?
- Tuesday, 05 August 2014
- By Lesley Masters
The 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.