South Africa’s 2018 chairship of the BRICS, under the theme of Inclusive Development through a Socially Responsive Economy, aimed to enhance its Africa and Global South agendas and remain committed to its aim of global governance and economic reform. As the BRICS-Africa engagement continues to build upon trade and investment relations, there is a greater need to streamline efforts into integrating an African agenda based on sustainable development and infrastructure. Moreover, this year’s BRICS summit also marked the growth of the NDB, which provides an optimistic view of what an alternative financial architecture could represent; and the BRICS outreach also took on an innovative form, inviting heads of regional integration groups of developing countries such as the G20, NAASP, MERCOSUR, ASEAN, G77+China, CARICOM and OIC, emphasizing the potential of BRICS to strategically navigate the geopolitical landscape. The dialogue will thus be an opportunity to launch this year’s discussions taking stock of South Africa’s presidency in 2018, receiving feedback from various work streams and diplomatic tracks where South African delegations had participated, deliberating on South Africa’s role in the upcoming 11th Summit, hosted by Brazil, and working towards maximizing Team South Africa’s contribution to the BRICS partnership.
Date: 20 February 2019
Time: 9:00 for 9:30
Venue: Sheraton Hotel, 643 Corner, Stanza Bopape St, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0007
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