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SAIIA Policy Briefing No 79, December 2013
Go to any conference in the world and say ‘Doha Development Agenda’, and the room is likely to empty. But not in China. Recently I was impressed with the degree of interest amongst China’s trade policy elite in the future of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the global trading system of which it is a part.
On 4 December 2013, SAIIA will host a session on the sidelines of the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, on the topic  "BRICS and the Multilateral Trading System." This session is part of the Bali Trade and Development Symposium, which will take place from 3-5 December.
Three years ago this author reflected on how the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ought to adapt and evolve in order to stay relevant. The focus was on the changes the multilateral trading system has faced over the years from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to the WTO we know today. In advance of the all-important 9th WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia from 3 to 6 December 2013, much of that thinking remains relevant and the issues raised are still at the core of the existential crisis that the WTO finds itself in.
The South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, gave the keynote address at the Second Annual African G-20 Conference, on the theme “The G-20 and Africa’s Economic Growth and Transformation”. The conference on 11 November 2013 was hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the University of Pretoria, as part of their Global Economic Governance Africa Project. This project seeks to ensure that African interests are understood and effectively represented in the various global forums that debate and set rules for global economic governance.
The recent visit of South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, to the United States to lobby for the renewal of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) highlights the need for South Africans to be fully engaged with this process, as its outcome will ultimately impact their economic welfare. Mfundo Hlatshwayo, a Research Associate with SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme, spoke to Polity about AGOA and its implications for South Africa and the continent. Click on the video above to watch. Related Resources Read a review of the recent AGOA event hosted by SAIIA and TIPS, The African Growth and…
Mozambique has been one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world from 2001-2010 and is forecast to continue its rapid growth trajectory. In 2014 Mozambique will commemorate 20 years of democracy and, given the substantial changes that have taken place in recent years, this provides a timely juncture to discuss emerging challenges and future perspectives on Mozambique, as well as the country’s role in the SADC region.
A full agenda of dialogues with US Congress, US business and the US administration has been prepared for South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, as his department starts South Africa’s lobbying effort for the seamless renewal of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). Minister Davies and his senior aides travelled to the US last week to cajole the US congress and other thought leaders of the importance of US–Africa economic relations, as well as to argue South Africa’s case for an unfettered renewal of AGOA.  
South Africans may not appreciate that a diplomatic Bilateral Forum between South Africa and the United Kingdom is something unusual for the British. Pretoria has many similar arrangements and it can be difficult to keep track of them all, but for the United Kingdom it is rare and in Africa, it occurs only with South Africa.
The first joint workshop between TIPS and The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) took place at the IDC on 17 September 2013. This was timed to coincide with the lobbying visit by a South African government and business delegation to Washington led by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.
In this podcast, Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies looks at South Africa's economic plans through his research on the country's draft National Development Plan. He speaks to SAIIA's Chief Executive, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, about his findings and what it reveals about the future of SA's economic strategy.   
It is not surprising that African countries bordering the Indian Ocean see themselves as ‘gateways’ or entry points to the continent. The coastal towns and communities of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique have for centuries had complex and dynamic cultural and economic links with their counterparts along the Indian Ocean Rim. Today, with the global liberalisation of trade and investment, these countries increasingly seek to position themselves between Africa’s interior and the broader world, and particularly the fast-growing economies in Asia.
Group of 20 (G-20) leaders gather in St Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday 5 September. Global crisis is in the air again, this time centred on emerging markets; in principle, this is a circumstance that is tailor-made for this forum. What are the prospects for success at the G-20 — and with what implications for South Africa?
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 152, August 2013
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 71, August 2013
On 1 August 2013, SAIIA's Peter Draper was invited to give a presentation on South Africa's Trade Agreements and relations to a workshop at Parliament.
Strategic bilateral trade relations and job creation topped the agenda at the 6th South Africa - European Union summit in Pretoria on 18 July 2013. The summit noted that over the last 10 years, EU investors accounted for three quarters of foreign direct investment and the block remained South Africa's biggest trading partner.
Volume 20, Issue 2 of SAIIA's peer-reviewed journal, the South African Journal of International Affairs, is now out, featuring articles from leading academics on a range of topics relevant to African interests.
South Africa hosts the 6th South Africa (SA)- European Union (EU) Summit on 18 July 2013, symbolically, on former President Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. At the end of the apartheid period, the Mandela administration began to negotiate the terms of the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA), and signed with the EU in 1999. This freed up trade between SA and the EU region with a planned phase-in over 12 years.
This is part 2 in a series of video briefings on regional economic integration in Africa.
This is part 3 in a series of video briefings on regional economic integration in Africa.
This is part 4 in a series of video briefings on regional economic integration in Africa.
This is part 1 in a series of video briefings on regional economic integration in Africa.
President Jacob Zuma is expected to hold talks with United States President Barack Obama this weekend to discuss SA-US bilateral relations. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said earlier this week that the leaders will discuss issues ranging from trade, cooperation in the health and education sector, development assistance and peace and security in Africa. President Obama will be in South Africa from 28 June to 30 June 2013.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 68, June 2013
President Barack Obama's visit to South Africa, between 28 and 30 June 2013, provides an opportunity to evaluate the status of trade between South Africa and the United States. President Obama is on a tour of three African countries, also including Senegal and Tanzania (26 June to 3 July 2013). 
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.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 149, June 2013