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SAIIA Occasional Paper No 227, January 2016

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The International Conference on Financing for Development held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-15 July 2015 brought together world leaders to assess progress on the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and the 2008 Doha Declaration on Financing for Development. The goal of the Monterrey Consensus, endorsed at Doha, was ‘to eradicate poverty, achieve sustained economic growth and promote sustainable development as the World advances to a fully inclusive and equitable global economic system’.

Published in Opinion & Analysis
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 126, February 2015
Published in Policy Briefings

SAIIA Policy Briefing No 117, November 2014

Published in Policy Briefings

It is hoped that African countries will soon be signing a new free trade agreement that will take the continent one step closer to its goal of economic development.

Published in Opinion & Analysis
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 106, September 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 18 August 2014

SADC leaders must show zeal

The heads of state and government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) members are ensconced in the resort town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This is for the annual summit of the regional economic community (17-18 August) that includes countries from as far north as Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Published in Opinion & Analysis

As the sixth BRICS head of state summit approaches, it is clear that the grouping’s agenda is far from static. The BRICS Policy Center (BPC) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted a seminar to address some of the inter-BRICS and intra-BRICS dynamics relevant to the consolidation of the grouping as a whole.

At the 33rd Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held in Malawi in August Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax of Tanzania was appointed as the new Executive Secretary. SAIIA would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr Tax on her new role in the region. Dr Tax inherits an organisation with a chequered past and a challenging future.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
South Africa's cabinet has recently approved the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment bill, which is set to replace a score of bilateral trade agreements. While investors fear that the bill may threaten the security of foreign investment, the Department of Trade and Industry has assured investors they will have strong protection under the new law, with the right to international arbitration once all domestic means of resolving a dispute have been exhausted.
Published in Multimedia

In this special series of podcasts, SAIIA focuses on the upcoming Group of 20 (G-20) summit to be held in St Petersburg in Russia on the 5 and 6 September 2013.

As host this year, Russia has made attempts to include views from sectors such as the youth, civil society, business and think tanks. SAIIA interviews representatives from these different groups, to provide some insight into the G-20, its role, its relevance for Africa and what may emerge from this year's summit.

Published in Multimedia
As the votes are counted after yesterday's Zimbabwean election, we thought the following article might be of interest. An anonymous social media commentator has attracted the world's attention in the run-up to the election. SAIIA's Yu-Shan Wu (@yushan_wu) and Catherine Grant Makokera (@cathgmak) take a look at what they call "one manifestation of a silent revolution ... taking place."
Published in Media
If there is one thing that is different to the 2008 Zimbabwean elections, it is that the 2013 election has a new ‘candidate’. His name is Baba Jukwa. The anonymous social media icon and commentator, portrayed as a cartoon of an old man and coined ‘the Julian Assange of Zimbabwe’, has attracted the world’s attention.
Published in Opinion & Analysis

The US remains one of South Africa’s most important economic partners and President Barack Obama will soon be here as part of his three-stop African tour. One of the official objectives of the visit will be to improve Africa’s economic growth and promote international trade.

Published in Opinion & Analysis

President Barack Obama visits Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa between 26 of June and 3 of July 2013. Catherine Grant Makokera, the head of SAIIA’s Economic Diplomacy Programme, is interviewed on US trade relations with South Africa.

Published in Multimedia
Monday, 25 March 2013

BRICS FDI: A Preliminary View

SAIIA Policy Briefing 63, March 2013

Published in Policy Briefings

There has not been a group of countries who have come together in recent years and quite captured the imagination like the BRICS. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa would have seemed like unlikely bedfellows in the not-too-distant past but they are now actively pursuing a common agenda that covers a wide range of political, economic and social issues.

Published in Opinion & Analysis
In August, economist Chris Hart made headlines by classifying South Africa’s unemployment levels as “exceptional”. As reported in this paper, he compared the unemployment situation here to the employment success story of Brazil, and counseled that taxation policies, not labour laws, were to blame for our persistent unemployment problem.
Published in Opinion & Analysis

During the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum held in Geneva recently, the corridors and coffee shops were abuzz with speculation about the race for the position of Director General.  Pascal Lamy will end his second term in August 2013.  The official process to find a replacement will begin with nominations of candidates by member countries of the WTO in December 2012. Informal jockeying for position has already begun. 

Published in Opinion & Analysis

South Africa will host the fifth Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit in March next year. What should the government's priorities be? This is a subject of earnest discussion in government, business and civil society circles.

Published in Opinion & Analysis
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