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Joint Declaration by the Deputy Foreign Ministers of Ecuador and South Africa


The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Marius Fransman, paid an Official Visit to his Ecuadorian counterpart, Dr. Mario Albuja, on September 5, 2013, with the purpose of carrying out consultations and reviewing the most important topics in the bilateral agenda between Ecuador and South Africa.

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African integration on BRICS agenda


To drive intra-African trade, the continent would have to develop the infrastructure of its corridors and add value to its mineral and agricultural products, said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies ahead of the first Brics Business Council meeting. He was speaking to the media on Monday, 19 August.

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SA's foreign policy: six themes in Development Indicators 2012 report


Before the advent of democracy, South Africa was isolated and marginalised. After 1994, South Africa had to resuscitate its foreign policy, transform diplomatic relations, establish relationships with other countries to ensure acceptance into the community of nations, attract FDI, develop and diversify trade relations, participate in regional, continental and international multilateral organisations, as well as promote international peace, security and stability.

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South Africa demands permanent African seats in UNSC


Johannesburg: South Africa Monday appealed for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms and inclusion of Africa with at least two permanent seats. The appeal was made by South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane after hosting VukJeremic, president of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, in the administrative capital of Pretoria, Xinhua reported.

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Can SA rectify its trade and foreign policy?


Every so often, a diplomatic incident flares up that throws the spotlight on SA and its unnecessarily clumsy handling of situations. Recently it was a spat with the European Union (EU) over SA’s unilateral cancellation of treaties with some member states. Then there’s the fractious relationship with Zimbabwe and President Robert Mugabe, who appears to get much pleasure in his put-downs of his Southern neighbour. It’s only natural that the quarrels get attention. 

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About The Project

South Africa's conduct of international relations, especially its role in international organisations like the UN Security Council, its choice of strategic partnerships, its leadership role in Africa, its public engagement and foreign policy decision making, has been intensely debated in the recent past. The FPA programme aims to provide a nuanced analysis and facilitate a structured discussion of South Africa's foreign policy in a changing world environment for purposes of informing its future direction.

Aims and Objectives of The Project

The purpose of this focus area is to unpack the extent to which the policy in its making, its nature and its application constitutes a principled and pragmatic response to a complex international environment. In doing so, we hope to be guided by an objective to promote a foreign policy that positions SA as a responsible global citizen committed to building bridges between various power blocs for the benefit of Africa and South Africans.

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