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South Africa’s Conference Diplomacy: The World Forestry Conference in Durban

conference diplomacySouth Africa recently hosted the largest gathering of world leaders, business people, farmer organizations, forestry experts and activists to discuss the state of forests and issues connected to this. This has been billed as one of the most important conferences because it connected forestry with matters of agriculture and well-being. What are the ramifications of this on South Africa’s conference diplomacy?

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ANC discussion document: Mapping a foreign policy engagement?

Sanusha NaiduRecently the ruling party released its National General Council (NGC) discussion document in view of the NGC conference that was held from 8-11 October 2015 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. The conference was a significant gathering of the party’s executive structures, its constituency groupings and stalwarts that are attending the 3-day discussions to engage in policy debates that will shape legislation and outline governance outcomes for the next five years.

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Rural infrastructure development: the solution for urbanization?

nalediplaaitjiesTwo-thirds of the African population dwell in rural areas. These areas house some of the poorest people of the continent and a general lack of infrastructure development. The inadequate focus on rural infrastructure development has led to the continued growth of the African urban population, as rural citizens migrate to urban-city centres in hopes of finding employment and improved access to public services. This is reflected in the projected increase of the urban population from 36% in 2010 to 50% by 2030. Thus the effects of urbanization in Africa, in particular the lack of policy focus in rural development and how the formation of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) could assist with financing rural development in Africa, will be discussed herewith.

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Renewing South Africa-Japan Economic Relations

lonagqizaThe Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa accompanied by a ministerial delegation, senior government officials and a trade delegation, went to Japan in August to promote South Africa as an ideal country for trade and foreign direct investment. South Africa is currently facing the highest level of unemployment since the apartheid era; the visit was primarily an effort from the South African government to reduce the high level of unemployment in the country. The economy of South Africa has declined therefore innovative and fresh ideas to grow the economy are needed.

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Navigating South Africa’s strategic interests in Greater Asia

dlaminiIn the past few months, the South African government made significant visits to a number of Asian countries in a quest to strengthen strategic bilateral relations. This also includes hosting some of the Asian countries’ representatives from business and civil society sectors, to the level of Ministerial meetings and Head of States conventions.

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