Cordially invite you to a policy dialogue titled
South Africa takes the reigns of the BRICS Partnership in 2018 after a significant year that saw the Chinese Presidency introduce a few novel additions to the grouping. Since it is South Africa’s turn to steer the BRICS in 2018, it is important to ask in which direction it could be steered, and how the country can contribute to the development and implementation of ideas that put the African continent and the global South on a sustainable and inclusive path towards development. With the African population set to double to over 2 billion by the year 2050, the idea of inclusive development is not only an intellectual exercise, but also an imperative that will determine the future of the continent in the following decades to come. The following one-day symposium will be organised into panel discussions, breakaway sessions, and plenaries, involving multiple stakeholders from government, higher education, civil society, and business; which will be centred around four key priorities that South Africa can bring onto the BRICS agenda: 1) economic prosperity and inclusive growth; 2) prioritising our productive, creative, and scientific powers; 3) conflict resolution, peace and social justice; and 4) revisiting the commons by strengthening responsible forms of development. The symposium will thus be an indispensable opportunity to anticipate some of the priorities of the South African BRICS Presidency in 2018.
Date: 22 November 2017
Time: 9:00 for 9:30
Venue: Burgers Park Hotel, CNR Lilian Ngoyi and Minnaar Street, Pretoria
RSVP: Remofiloe Lobakeng Tlobakr@unisa.ac.za