South-South Cooperation in the News

The Deathbed of the WTO

The Deathbed of the WTOWhen the World Trade Organization (WTO) met in Seattle, Washington in 1999, the Africa paper[1] carefully prepared by the Kenya representatives to the WTO in Geneva, had set the stage for the rejection of the strict intellectual property rights which the Western countries’ pharmaceutical companies desired. Sixteen years later at the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2015, the United States Trade Representatives had pressured the Kenyan leadership to exclude “African issues” from the agenda while simultaneously pushing through the Expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which benefits US corporations.

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South-South cooperation gets a strong voice in 2015

South South cooperation gets a strong voice in 2015On September 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired the high-level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation co-hosted by Beijing and the United Nations (UN) at UN headquarters in New York to discuss development plans on South-South cooperation with leaders of developing countries and heads of international organizations.

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Yearender: Joint China-LatAm ventures model of South-South cooperation

Joint China LatAm ventures model of South South cooperationMEXICO CITY, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- In November, 15 Ecuadorian university students flew to China to learn about the latest advances in information and communications technology (ICT) at telecom giant Huawei, as part of the company's "Telecom Seeds for the Future" program.

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The BRICS: A Fable for Our Time

A Fable for Our TimeThe story of the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] is a strange one. It starts in 2001 when Jim O’Neill, at that time the chairman of the Assets Management division of Goldman Sachs, the giant investment house, wrote a widely-commented article about what we have come to call “emerging economies.” O’Neill singled out four countries – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – all of whom were large enough in size and territory to have noticeable weight in the world market. He labeled them the BRICs.

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BRICS champion the fight to end neglected tropical diseases

BRICS champion the fight to end neglected tropical diseasesIntestinal worms, blinding parasites, blood flukes — it may come as a surprise for many that these threats are not only confined to developing nations or remote parts of the world. In fact, about 150 countries are endemic for at least one kind of neglected tropical disease, which affect 1 in 6 people worldwide.

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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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