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by Faith Mabera

Argentina’s hosting of the G20 summit in 2018 presents a significant opportunity for it to represent the needs and expectations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as a whole, as well as advancing a cohesive regional strategy of the Latin American bloc within the G20 (Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico). Historically, Latin American regional priorities have often been marginalised in G20 debates as a result of the failure of the Latin American bloc to present a well-articulated, cohesive position on key issues on the G20 agenda. A focus on the social and environmental dimension are reflective of a shared Latin America agenda, which extends to the needs and expectations of the Global South more broadly. For instance, in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, Brazil and Argentina have used the G20 platform to push for enhancement of basic financial regulations, an emphasis on public policies of inclusion in light of growing inequality globally, employment policies, fair commercialization of raw materials and investment in housing, education and health.


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by Charles Nyuykonge

According to African Economic Outlook (AEO), although front pages of print media and TV breaking news on Africa, continue to be about i) state capture and corruption; ii) endemic poverty and rising unemployment of despondent youth; iii) bad governance and election malpractices; iv) the rise of rebellions and the proliferation of small arms; and v) massive deaths resulting from terrorism and violent extremism; in 2017 Africa maintained steady advances in trade and regional integration.


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by Cyril Prinsloo

South Africa has made concerted efforts in the past two decades to promote economic growth and address its triple domestic economic challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty. Facilitating greater trade, investment and industrialisation is a key part of this strategy. Over this period, South Africa’s economic relations with its BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) counterparts has featured prominently, particularly given the phenomenal trade growth experienced with these countries since 2000. The experience has not been solely positive for South Africa as significant structural challenges remain in the trading relationship. South Africa should look to build on the now well established political platform of the BRICS to promote better economic relations with its members, which could assist in addressing urgent domestic socioeconomic challenges.


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by Sikhumbuzo Zondi


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by Remofiloe Lobakeng


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by Wayne Jumat and Sikhumbuzo Zondi


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by Sikhumbuzo Zondi


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by Remofiloe Lobakeng


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by Siphamandla Zondi


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by Philani Mthembu


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