South-South Cooperation in the News

China and Brazil in Africa

A set of seven new working papers published by Future Agricultures examines new patterns of development co-operation between Brazil, China and Africa. Follow the link below to download and read the papers.

Brics seeks new dialogue with Africa via SA

South Africa plans to boost links between Africa and its partners in the Brazil, Russia, India and China alliance at a landmark summit, which will be held in Durban in March 2013, Xavier Carim, deputy director general at the Department of Trade (DTI) and Industry, said. “The summit theme is Brics and Africa – a partnership for development, integration and industrialisation,” said Carim.

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Contours of proposed bank for BRICS to be finalised in March

BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - are likely to finalise the structure of a development bank that will fund infrastructure in the associate nations at the BRICS summit in Durban in March. The bank, however, may not start functioning before 2014 and is likely to have substantially less initial paid-up capital than the amount of $240 billion that is doing the rounds currently. Officials of BRICS countries are scheduled to meet in Pretoria, South Africa on January 10-11 to look at the viability and feasibility of setting up the bank.

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NSA meet shows growing BRICS synergy

National Security Advisors (NSAs) of BRICS will be converging in New Delhi for the first ever stand-alone meeting of the BRICS' NSAs, which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The development indicates how rapidly the synergy among BRICS is growing even in core areas like security. It is a healthy sign for the growing clout of BRICS, a grouping that accounts for almost half of the world's population and a quarter of the global GDP.

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Second BRICS Health Ministers' meet begins in Delhi

The second BRICS Health Ministers' Meet began here on Thursday.

The first day's programme started with the inaugural address by Health and Family Welfare Ministry Secretary P. K. Pradhan where Health Secretaries and Senior Advisors of BRICS countries participated.

In his inaugural address, Pradhan said BRICS Health Ministers' Meeting was held at Beijing on 11th July 2011 following the decision taken by Heads of BRICS countries in the Sanya Declaration of 14th April 2011.

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About The Project

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.

Key Themes

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.


Aims and Objectives of The Project

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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