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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

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.

SAIIA Occasional Paper No 148, October 2013

SAIIA has recently relaunched its two regular newsletters, which are freely available to all. Trade Perspectives is a bi-monthly newsletter providing insights, analysis and updates on economic governance, trade policy and trade negotiations. This newsletter is produced by the Economic Diplomacy Programme at SAIIA. The next issue will be available this month. Governance Perspectives is a bi-monthly newsletter on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), governance, democracy and accountability in Africa. It is published by the Governance and APRM Programme at SAIIA. The next issue will be available next month. To subscribe to either of these newsletters, please click here…
The 39th annual Group of 8 (G-8) Summit takes place on 17 and 18 June 2013, with the UK as this year's president. To provide insights into her country's plan for this year's summit, Dame Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa, addressed a G8 study group this week organised by SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme and the Humanities Department at the University of Pretoria.
'Don't talk to me about giblets,' International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane reportedly said during last week’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) business summit. This remark reveals several things about the nature of the BRICS forum, and co-operation on trade matters in particular.
In a move that has generated much excitement, South Africa has invited representatives from various African continental institutions, including regional economic blocs to the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit (26-27 March 2013). BRICS leaders will meet them to discuss Africa’s infrastructure development priorities under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) framework. This is in line with the Summit theme, “BRICS and Africa - partnership for development, integration and industrialisation”.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 137, February 2013

President Jacob Zuma addressed a somewhat distracted South African population in his State of the Nation speech.  He started and finished the lengthy presentation by reaffirming the commitment of government to the vision set out in the National Development Plan. Unsurprisingly, this was one of a number of echoes of policy decisions made at the ANC's National Conference held in Mangaung in December 2012. Among them were the categorical dismissal of the nationalisation debate and a strong defence of the supremacy of the constitution. These are things investors want to hear and the reaction of the rand reflected a certain…