BRICS & African Development


22-24 August, 2018 / Nelson Mandela University Port Elizabeth
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During its 2018 Presidency of BRICS South Africa is working together with other BRICS countries to mobilize resources and capacity to overcome the current economic constraints and take advantage of new opportunities for investment to promote growth and development and address rising unemployment, poverty, inequality and underdevelopment. South Africa and other BRICS countries have developed a BRICS long-term strategy that includes concrete investment finance institutions and instruments such as the New Development Bank (NDB), its African Regional Centre (ARC), and the Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA) that will provide much needed infrastructure investment and financial support in times of difficulties. BRICS countries will also benefit from membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) that brings together emerging economies from Asia, Africa, Eurasia and some European developed economies. In addition, China, India, Russia, Brazil are providing African nations with new sources of financing that can reduce their dependence on traditional investment finance from developed economies. Given this background South Africa has identified several key priorities for its 2018 Presidency of the BRICS.

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The National Research Foundation (NRF) was established as an independent government agency, through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998). The mandate of the NRF is to promote and support research through funding, human resource

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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s (DIRCO) vision is championing an African continent, which is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and which aspires to a world that is just and equitable

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The HSRC is committed to creating cutting-edge research which supports development nationally, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and in Africa is evident, but it is our commitment to the dissemination of that research that demonstrates the

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Nelson Mandela University Business School is rated among the top business schools globally and on the African continent. The School is one of only a few in Southern Africa to have obtained international accreditation from AMBA (MBA programme) and EDAMBA (DBA programme).Our flagship Masters in Business Administration (MBA),

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German development cooperation with South Africa, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), began in 1993. A country office opened in Pretoria in 1996. Today, GIZ has around 180 staff working in South Africa, more than 60 per cent of whom are local staff.

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GEG Africa

he Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme is a policy research and stakeholder engagement programme to strengthen the influence of pro-poor African coalitions at global economic governance fora. The second phase of the programme started in March 2016 and will be implemented over a period of three years until March 2019

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