The 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.

Policy choices made today can have important positive effects on future living standards, according to new long-term economic scenarios released by the OECD. With “business-as-usual” without significant reforms, living standards in the BRIICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa) grow faster, but decelerate from the 6 per cent annual growth achieved over the last decade to just more than 2 per cent by 2060, leaving them at less than half the level seen in the leading countries.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:18

Improved public action needed in Africa

Africa needs development strategies that are more coherent and that prioritise improved public action to stand up to the challenges of growth, jobs and inequalities prompted by the continent’s remarkable emergence, according to the first issue of a new joint report by the African Union Commission and the OECD Development Centre.

International stakeholders presented research on research matters relating to the six Information For All Programme priority areas. The objectives of the conference were to create a platform for the IFAP policy dialogue and to support the development of sustainable partnerships in BRICS, African countries and the Asia/Pacific Region.

African trade ministers have raised concerns regarding the erosion of Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum preferences following the Trump administration’s recent Section 232 measures on steel and aluminium. The ministers called on the US to exempt sub-Sahara Africa exports from the tariffs. They were speaking at the 17th Agoa Forum, running from 9-12 July 2018, in Washington DC.

Among other things, the declaration seeks to support the co-ordinating process for the BRICS Network University, as well as reaffirm the commitment to the UN's Sustainable Development Goal Four, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

  • Heads of State and Government Summit, 18-19 July 2018.

  • Location Lusaka, Zambia
  • Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018, 17-19 July 2018.

  • Location Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies), 23 July 2018

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland
  • Fourth Meeting of Finance and Central Bank Deputies, 19-20 July 2018, Buenos Aires
  • Third Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, 21-22 July 2018, Buenos Aires
  • Meeting of BRICS Finance Deputies, 19-22 July 2018, Buenos Aries, Argentina
  • Meeting of the BRICS National Security Advisors, 19-20 July 2018, Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Annual Meeting of the BRICS Business Council, 22-23 July 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • Fourth BRICS Sherpa/Sous-Sherpa Meeting, 20-24 July 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The 10th BRICS Summit, 25-27 July 2018, Sandton, South Africa
  • Eighth Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Health, 29 July 2018, Durban, South Africa
  • BRICS Science Technology and Innovation Women’s Forum, 2-3 August 2018, Gauteng
  • BRICS STI Women’s Forum, 2-3 August 2018, Gauteng, South Africa

The theme is: ‘BRICS in Africa: collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’

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