Interview: Silk Road is an example of South-South cooperation: UN official

Silk Road is an example of South South cooperationUNITED NATIONS, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Silk Road is an example of South-South cooperation, Adam Rogers, the assistant director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, told Xinhua in a recent interview.

"It was really for peace and commerce, and the exchange of ideas and culture, that the Silk Road is famous," said Rogers, "With Marco Polo, you didn't hear about conflict, it was all about exchange."

"The Silk Roads initiative (also known as the One Belt One Road initiative) today is seeking the same thing -- China reaching out to other countries of the South to exchange ideas and knowledge and commerce," he said.

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Funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), the project focuses on the changing dynamics and implications of South- South cooperation, in the context of South Africa's avowed commitment to this cause in its international relations. The need to understand the complexities of South-South dynamics and their implications for foreign policy is particularly urgent for South Africa, which, while working to advance South-South multilateralism, must also contend with the corresponding need to remain true to other universal values underpinning its foreign policy as well as guarantee the specific interests of its immediate environment, that is, the African continent.

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In recent times, South-South cooperation has received renewed attention, inspired mainly by the emergence of new southern clubs such as IBSA, BRICS and CELAC. This trend reflects a growing push by developing countries to respond to current global challenges in a coherent and concerted manner.

 

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The aim of the project is therefore to contribute, through critical research and dialogue, towards a nuanced understanding of contemporary South-South cooperation. In particular, it seeks to appreciate the basis on which countries in the South cooperate or compete with one another, and the implication of these dynamics for South Africa's policy.

 

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