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Closed Zimbabwe-South Africa Business Roundtable - Johannesburg, 7 April 2011 The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite you to a closed roundtable event from 08H30 to 13H00 on Thursday, 7 April 2011 at the Winston Hotel, Tottenham Avenue, Rosebank to discuss the impact of the ongoing political stalemate on South African businesses operating in Zimbabwe. This meeting will be based on the observations of business and aims to open up a new avenue for engaging the South African and Zimbabwean governments on the challenges posed to all concerned stakeholders by the continued impasse.
South African Institute of International Affairs Cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by the Honourable Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa HE Minister ROB DAVIES on “Trade Policy and Economic Growth.”
SAIIA’s East London Branch will host the Chairman of Investec, Hugh Herman, at a public seminar entitled “The Social and Political Economic Scene”. The event will be held at the Premier Hotel Regent in East London at 17H30.
South Africa has its sights firmly set on the creation of five million new jobs by 2020. This is the main focus of the New Growth Path (NGP), released in November 2010. It is South Africa’s latest in a long line of documents defining economic policy and is a product of the Department of Economic Development. The NGP seeks to address the high levels of unemployment in South Africa as well as foster sustainable economic growth.
As published in the Mail & Guardian, 11 February 2011 DRC President Joseph Kabila’s decree confirming rights to Lake Albert’s oil block 1 and 2 to companies part owned by Khulubuse Zuma embroiled the South African president’s nephew in a legal dispute with a leading oil company operating in Africa, Tullow Oil. Important questions for South Africans to ponder are, what benefit this kind of investment brings to our shores and whether other SA investments in the DRC, such as gold mining, are undermined by this way of doing business?
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 74, January 2011
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 73, January 2011
This workshop will consider the political economy of regional integration initiatives in Southern Africa, including what is driving the various processes (SACU, SADC and the Africa Free Trade Zone).  It will seek to deepen understanding of the factors that influence regional integration processes, such as the activities of the private sector, governance structures and the alignment with domestic priorities. Venue: Aluvi House, 2 Clyde Street, Murrayfield, Pretoria
As published in The New Age, 20 January 2011 Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s state visit to South Africa tomorrow shows that he is already looking ahead to next month’s national election, which he is expected to win comfortably. With Uganda’s first oil exports expected to start flowing next year, as well as a growing service sector and significant agricultural potential, opportunities for economic cooperation between South Africa and Uganda is likely to dominate discussions during the two day state visit.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 71, December 2010
Organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the International Development Law Unit in the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.
VIP CORPORATE MEMBERS’ BREAKFAST, TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER on 'State Visits as a Tool of Economic Diplomacy: Bandwagon or Business Sense?' We cordially invite you to the next SAIIA VIP Corporate Members’ event for this year and hope that you or a senior representative will be able to attend. These events are part of the portfolio of services provided by the Institute to its VIP corporate members and offer you insights into current issues.
As published in The Sunday Independent, 10 October 2010 Nigerian taxis are known for their colourful writings that make personal and social statements. On my way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence last week, I was struck by one Lagosian vehicle that bore the popular Nigerian saying ‘no condition is permanent.’ It got me thinking about how the Nigerian condition has changed in 50 years. I also pondered how the emergence of South Africa as a key ally and rival since 1994 will affect the upcoming review of Nigeria’s foreign policy, the first since independence.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Is Nationalisation the Answer?

Cuba and its revolution have long been emotional reference points for revolutionary cadres in South Africa. This sentimental attachment relates to, among others, its support for the ANC alliance during the liberation struggle and more specifically its role in Angola, which brought Cuban troops into direct confrontation with the South African Defence Force before the peace agreement of 1989.
SAIIA cordially invites you to the VIP Corporate Members’ Breakfast event for this year to be addressed by Dr Petrus de Kock, who is a Senior Researcher in SAIIA’s Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme and will be looking at "Sudan: Will it be one or two? Critical choices and new opportunities in Southern Sudan’s referendum".Date: Thursday, 23 September 2010Time:    07:45 for 08:00 (to end at 09:30)Venue:  The Grace Hotel, 54
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 ServicesVenue: Jan Smuts House
A version of this article appeared on the Sunday Independent of 08 August 2010 The recent state visit by President Zuma to Russia is a major step towards deepening diplomatic and commercial relations between these two emerging economies. However, given Russia’s complex business environment this also raises many questions about the kind of benefits South Africa could realise from a partnership with Russia. The size of the delegation accompanying Zuma, with about 11 Ministers and over 100 business leaders, suggests that South Africa means business.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 65, July 2010
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 20, July 2010
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 19, July 2010
The Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank Group, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development, National Treasury, and the South African Institute of International Affairs are delighted to invite you to the launch of the: African Economic Outlook 2010Venue: Financial Services Board
Thursday, 20 May 2010

SAIIA News: Goal Orientated

The World Cup isn’t just about fun and frivolity. There are serious economic and political implications for countries that host these types of ‘mega events’. Suzanne Dowse is a visiting PhD student from the UK who is investigating some of the impacts this World Cup will have.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Round Table Discussion to be addressed by Dr Haifeng Wang, Senior Fellow and Director, Institute for International Economic Research under the National Development and Reform Commission, China on "Climate Change and Challenges for Developing Economies: China's Perspective " Date:        Wednesday 21 April 2010Time:       10:15 for 10:30 to conclude by 12:30 and followed by a light lunchVenue:     Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of Witwatersrand
Tuesday, 20 April 2010

What's China's Aim?

China’s global emergence is overwhelmingly good for the world. But after the global economic crisis that has hobbled the West, it is pertinent to ask what leadership China intends to provide to consolidate and extend the liberal international economic order.
The new inclusive government brought about by the Global Political Agreement of 2008 has led to a level of political stability and huge investor interest in Zimbabwe. A lot however still needs to be done with the cost of recovery from the country’s lost decade to pre-crisis levels by some estimates amounting to US$40 billion[1]. Consequently economic policies, in their broadest sense, occupy centre stage.
China increasingly is playing a crucial role in African economies. Two-way trade between China and Africa exceeded U.S. $106 billion in 2008 and Beijing is the leading trading partner with South Africa, the continent’s largest economy.