Seminar on BRICS-Africa Cooperation

On 29-30 August 2017, the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and the University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute (UJCI), in collaboration with Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP), hosted a Pre-BRICS seminar on ‘BRICS-Africa Cooperation: Progress, Prospects and Challenges’.

The main objectives of the seminar were to:

  • highlight the extent to which  BRICS policies promote the African Agenda;
  • examine BRICS collaboration with African countries as well as the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs); and
  • examine the role of the BRICS Bank in funding infrastructure development in Africa.

The seminar reflected on the background of the relationship between Africa and BRICS, and explored ways in which the South African government through the African Union (AU) can synergise Africa’s agency. It brought together academics, policy-makers, government officials, business and civil society to contribute to a policy debate on how to insert the African agency into the Africa-BRICS relationship.

The seminar preceded the 9th BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China, in September 2017.

For the concept note, click here.

For the draft agenda, click here.

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