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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Global Financial Reform and its effect on SACU Trade in Financial Services

  SAIIA

The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to the Workshop on Global Financial Reform and its effect on SACU Trade in Financial Services
Venue: Jan Smuts House

As the global financial crisis evinced, financial services play a fundamental role in the economies of both developed and developing countries. Whilst in SACU only South Africa has the capacity to export financial services, the substantial regional liberalization of the sector in the past decade has created potential for greater intra-regional trade. Botswana in particular has positioned itself as a regional financial centre. Nevertheless, the financial regulatory changes being discussed in the G20 Leaders' Forum may be transmitted to the region via South Africa with uncertain consequences for regional access to and trade in finance. These issues form the focus for the workshop, with particular reference to findings from interviews conducted in Botswana.

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PROGRAMME

09h30-10h00:  Registration

Welcome and Introduction:

Peter Draper, Programme Head, Development through Trade Programme, SAIIA

Session 1: SACU Trade in Financial Services: The current state of affairs and the potential effects of G20 and Governmental Finance Reform

Moderator:     Neil Cole, Chief Director, National Treasury

10h10-10h45:  Presentation
Dr. Rosalind H. Thomas, Director of Investment Banking, Nova Capital Africa
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As the global financial crisis evinced, financial services play a fundamental role in the economies of both developed and developing countries. Whilst in SACU only South Africa has the capacity to export financial services, the substantial regional liberalization of the sector in the past decade has created potential for greater intra-regional trade.  Botswana in particular has positioned itself as a regional financial centre. Nevertheless, the financial regulatory changes being discussed in the G20 Leaders’ Forum may be transmitted to the region via South Africa with uncertain consequences for regional access to and trade in finance. These issues form the focus for the workshop, with particular reference to findings from interviews conducted in Botswana.

10h45-11h30: Panel Discussion
Professor Daniel Bradlow, Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations, University of Pretoria
Dr. Keith Jeffries, Managing Director, Econsult, Botswana
Pieter van der Merwe, Absa Capital

11h30-12h00: Tea break

12h00-13h00: Open discussion

13h00  Closure and lunch