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IGD, the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, and the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) at the University of Johannesburg

Invite you to a Public Seminar

Trade Wars, WTO Trade Talks & the future of multilateralism: Implications for the Developing South and Africa

Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019, 13:00 – 15:00
Venue: Chinua Achebe Auditorium, Library 6 th floor, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (Corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg)

A high level panel of speakers from China, Brazil, India and Russia will discuss the implications of the Trade Wars (US-China-EU), the current WTO E-Commerce plurilateral talks, and the forthcoming milestone summit on WTO structural reforms. Panelists will also discuss how these global issues affect African development and industrialisation in the context of the Africa Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), and a broader need for nuanced South-South co-operation in an eroding multi-lateral global order.

 Item Speaker
Welcome and Introductions Prof Fiona Tregenna, SARChI Industrial Development, UJ
Overview: Current global platforms (G20, WTO, BRICS etc) and implications for Africa – Focus on the Comprehensive Africa Free Trade Agreement  Dr Philani Mthembu, ED, IGD 
Developing South BRICS Academic panelists:   
Overview of the WTO Plurilateral talks  Parminder J Singh, IT for Change, India 
Impact of Global trade and multilateral and trade wars. A Russian Perspective  Prof Tatyana Fletavnoya, MSU, Russia
China’s Developmental State model and WTO trade, multilateralism and industrial development co-operation  Prof Liu Qian, Beijing National University BNU 
Brazil’s new focus/priorities in a complex, multifaceted world order  Pedro Alves, FBG Brasil 
Question and Answer session (Q&A)  All
Closing Remarks  Dr David Monyae, Director, Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) & Confucius Institute, UJ

For RSVP Click here by Friday 5 August or 011 559 7454

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