DIRCO Diplomatic Training, Research and Analysis Conference from 05 – 06 November 2009.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host a Diplomatic Training, Research and Analysis Conference from 05 – 06 November 2009. The theme for 2009 is “Closing the gap between Domestic and Foreign Policies”. This conference will present an opportunity to exchange ideas on and address emerging issues and scenarios around South Africa’s Domestic and Foreign policy.

The conference will include:

  • An exhibition area, where institutions will be given the opportunity to display and distribute information.

Media is invited as follows.

Date: 05 – 06 November  2009

Venue: Southern Sun Hotel Beatrix Street Arcadia, Pretoria

                                                 MEDIA PROGRAMME

 Media is advised to arrive at 08h00

Thursday, 5 November 2009
08h30 – 10h30 Programme Director: Ms Maud Dlomo, Deputy Director-General DTRD

                      Keynote Address: Deputy Minister EI Ebrahim

10h30 Tea / Coffee Break

11h00 - 13h00  SA’s National Interests & Foreign Policy - What are SA’s National Interest?

Facilitator: To be announced   

Dr Garth le Pere (International Global Dialogue),

Mr Thulasi Nxesi (Chairperson Portfolio Committee) – Political view

Mr Bongani Masuku (COSATU) – The View of Organized Labour

Christopher Kabosha (SASOL) - Discussant


13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

14h00 – 16h00 Soft vs Hard Power

Facilitator: To be announced              

Prof Chris Landsberg (University of Johannesburg) Analysis of SA’s exercise of soft powers since 1994

Dr Karen Smith (Stellenbosch University) – Acceptance & Legitimacy through Soft Power

Prof Anthoni van Nieuwkerk (WITS University) – Impact of Power on the Developmental and Stabilization Agenda of South Africa


16h00 Tea / Coffee Break

16h30 – 18h00 Public Diplomacy and Consular

Facilitator: Dr Eddie Maloka, Special Advisor of the Minister

Mr Dayanand Naidoo (DIRCO) – Consular Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities for the Foreign Ministry

Dr Moses Montesh (UNISA) The Policing of Football Hooligans       
Mr Virimai Mugobo (Cape Peninsula) Public Diplomacy in the Global Age

Mr Gampi Matheba (University of Limpopo) How to Domesticise Foreign Policy and Improve Relationships between State and Non-State actors

 Mr Virimai Mugobo (Cape Peninsula) Public Diplomacy in the Global Age


18h00 Cocktail reception hosted by Deputy Minister EI Ebrahim

Friday, 6 November 2009

08h00 – 10h00 Doing business in Africa

Facilitator:  Mr M Nkosi  DDG,  Africa Bilateral DIRCO

Ms Neuma Grobbelaar (SAIIA) Doing business on the African Continent – Lessons to be learnt

Mr G Monyamangela (DTI) Inter Africa trade, Opportunities and Challenges

Mr Nitesh Dullabh (Business Sector) China – South African Relations Converting risks into opportunities

Dr Matlotleng Matlou (AISA) Hegemonic Regional Rowers vs Regional Integration


10h30 tea / coffee break

11h00 – 13h00 Case studies

Facilitator: High Commissioner Lujabe-Rankoe                   

Mr Vuyani Lingela (DST), The Changing Nature of South Africa’s Economic Diplomacy – The Experience of International Scientific and Technological Cooperation
Adv Pravashini Govender (MTN), Opportunities and Challenges of the Network Infrastructure in Africa
Mr Francois Ekoko (UNDP), Importance and Challenges Posed by Trilateral Agreements in General.

Dr P Ramsamy (Southern African Trust), African Regional Integration


13h00 Closure –To be announced

14h00 Media briefing: Dr A Ntsaluba, Director-General DIRCO and stakeholders

For further information on the event please call Thembela Ngculu on 082 387 5611.

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Private Bag X152
Pretoria, 0001

04 November 2009

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