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Africa and the G20
Interviews and insights into how what happens at the G20 impacts Africa.
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  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2013
  • SAIIA Online Briefing: G20 2013: Overview
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  • In this special series of podcasts we focus on the upcoming Group of 20 or G20 summit to be held in St Petersburg Russia on the 5 and 6 September 2013.

    SAIIA speaks to Catherine Grant Makokera, head of SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme, about the relevance of the G20 and specifically for Africa. The questions we asked included:

    1) SAIIA and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria have set up a project called Global Economic Governance Africa. What is it this project aims to do by looking at G-20 processes specifically?

    2) As the only African nation South Africa seems to have a big responsibility to African views and interests even though it does not formally represent the continent. How would you explain South Africa's role in the G-20 at present?

    3) Now depending on who you speak to the words 'the politics of consensus" usually comes up when we talk about multilateral forums. Can a forum like the G-20 facilitate consensus building in the bigger multilateral space? Especially in the World Trade Organisation, for example?

    4) How does South Africa's membership of the BRICS grouping factor into its G-20 membership - or is this even relevant?

    5) And what about criticism that the G-20 process is often overshadowed by the G-7 agenda?

    This is part of a special series of G20 video interviews by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). For the full list of SAIIA podcasts and video interviews visit http://www.saiia.org.za/type/multimedia
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